THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2016

The Mercy of Trials

Key Bible Verse: For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! (2 Corinthians 4:17)

Dig Deeper: 2 Corinthians 4:8-18

“What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger” can be true, but only if there’s something beyond this life. If this life, this world, and this body are all there is, Hitchens is right. That statement is a lie. It would be like saying, “What doesn’t total my car makes it stronger.” That’s ridiculous. You’d have to ignore the truth to believe that. But if our temporary trials have some kind of eternal meaning, that changes everything.

Paul wrote, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8:28, NIV). This verse is sometimes abused, but it’s one of the most beautiful promises in all Scripture. This doesn’t mean Christians are invincible.

All of us will face trials, but we can’t finally be defeated by them. Even our worst enemies, like suffering and death, become our friends in Christ because they ultimately work in our favour.

For the Christian, all things working for our good doesn’t mean storms can’t touch us; it means they can’t destroy us. Instead, God turns everything that happens to us and uses it in our ultimate favour.

– Trip Lee in Rise

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