Life has its ups and downs with something’s easier to experience than others; but there is nothing more painful to bear than the pointlessness of sufferings.
1 Peter 1:6-7 – In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith-more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire-may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
It is said that a felon’s heart is broken when he is ordered to carry heavy stones from one side of the prison to the other, and then back again, repeatedly. This continual tiring work with isolation gives the prisoner enough time to look back at his past mistakes and as remorse sets in, he breaks down.
However, we must never look at the difficulties in our lives as punishments, because all penalties were endured by our Savior himself.
What then are the trials and difficulties for?
Our purification leads us to maturity by destroying the weeds and tares of our adamic natures. These are planned and purposed as the fires do in the gardens. As gold and silver are purified in the furnace to obtain a pure substance, so our purification will lead to maturity.
Our Father is concerned about our eternal interests starting here and now. He deals with us as sons and daughters, fully aware of our weaknesses, purifying and building us as His matured sons and heirs and joint-heirs with Christ.
It is important that we understand the significance of His dealings with us in the present. The almighty Refiner has a purpose in sight, in which we are purified and matured. However, many are ignorant of His purposes and plans, and thus, they are unable to comprehend the process which He is engaging in us.
Testing of our Faith
Our faith is being tested every moment. Our words, thoughts and motives weighed by His Spirit. We are learning obedience through our sufferings, as Jesus being the Son suffered. There is a design and pattern put in place by our Father to help us mature as sons in the image of Christ.
The sufferings in our lives are testing’s of our faith. Trust Him that He is able to deliver us and is able to fully perform what He has promised.
Its Working Out
I understand the questions that arise, but can you believe that Christ is working out His plan in your life?
Jesus loves you and knows what you are going through, so be patient! He is with you in all these testing’s and sufferings, and He wants you to know that you are precious and it is worth-while.
He has anointed you, filled you with His Spirit and given you special skills to be useful to Him. He wants to use you for His distinctive service, which can only be done by a watchfully-fashioned instrument, and so Christ sits beside you as the Refiner, year after year, maturing you into His likeness and image that you may shine.
Conversation is the Key
When you are unable to pray, talk to your Father who is within you. Keep conversing with your Refiner. Keep speaking to Him in the middle of your daily labour. Be at rest knowing He hears your unexpressed prayer and even catches the whispers of your heart.
Have a heart-to-heart with your Lord concerning your trials, sorrows, and anxieties! He is real and with you. With all the purifying, He gives you an unconquered fortitude, which no trial can break or defeat, and an incorruptible heart, which no temptations can divert from its course.
Scripture References: Malachi 3:3 Hebrews 2:9-10; Hebrews 5:7-9