The Ultimate Goal

SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2016

The Mercy of Trials

Key Bible Verse: Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. (Hebrews 12:7, NIV)

Dig Deeper: Hebrews 12:1-13

We’ll never be able to endure devastating trials until we realize that our comfort and good health isn’t what’s most important. Comfort and health are good things that God delights to give us. But God’s primary will for our lives is that we would be like Jesus. And he’s even willing to use trials to accomplish that will.

“[God] disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness” (Heb. 12:1-, ESV et al.). Training in God’s gym may hurt sometimes, but he will make us stronger.

James 1:2 comes to mind, where he tells us to “count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds.” The reason we should count it as joy is the Christ-like character it produces. Our humility is more important than our happiness. It’s better to be physically weak and spritiually strong.

– Trip Lee in Rise

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