Trials: God’s Gift Wrapped Upgrade
Posted on October 23, 2013
Trials are a subject near and dear to my heart these days. Last weeks post proposed the question, what if trials were the training ground for transformation? This week I want to stay in the subject of trials but turn our focus to one of God’s purposes in allowing us to struggle through the ups and downs of life and trials.
The last month of our family’s life has been interrupted by theft, sickness, inconvenience, and conflict! Sounds fun, right?! Through the process God’s kindness and goodness continually drown out the noise of our present challenges. And in the midst of the chaos a steady reminder continually resonates again and again in my heart and mind. Trials are opportunities for upgrades in our identity in Christ.
Romans 8:18 says it this way, “I consider our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” Such a fascinating perspective. Paul ties trials and suffering to an upgrade in our revelation of Christ in us, the hope of glory.
Wow! What’s becoming clear after the past month is the truth that all the discomfort applies pressure to places in my understanding of my identity in Christ that are immature and underdeveloped. That is why it is uncomfortable. Not because Jesus enjoys my pain, but because He is committed to my growth and maturity.
Why? So I can live above the pressure and difficulty, be a light in the darkness, and a solution to the problem. The Holy Spirit uses difficulty, hardships, and insults to show us the place of your next revelation of Jesus. In the end it is life-giving to let go of what’s not working and upgrade to God’s best for our lives.
The process may be challenging but it’s worth it in the long run. So, ask God what He’s wanting to give you in exchange for the perspective that is causing the pain and frustration. Take what He says and meditate on it, declare it over yourself, or let a trusted friend help you walk it out in day-to-day life. In Jesus, everyday is a good day and worth celebrating!