So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. (1 Peter 1:6-7 NLT)
Sometimes when I reflect on my life I think of the many trials I have been through. After doing a self evaluation I dig deeper and look at the trials I was in that I stayed true to my faith, and to to God’s word.
DRIVING WHILE BLINDFOLD
Then I look at the trials that I didn’t stay true to God’s word and tried to go through them with my own knowledge and understanding. I let my faith waiver and I found myself driving while being blindfolded!
I learned that in both cases that when I tried to do it in my own way I failed every time. I became confused and eventually was in a deeper situation that I started out with in the first place. I was saddened, hurt, and lost from the decisions I made without consulting with God first and walking through the fire the way He wanted me to.
God says we will go through many trials and you will have to endure them for a short time. He says that your faith will be tested but when you get through the test you will get to the real prize! Which is a lifetime with Him! God says look at these minor trials and find joy in them because this is nothing compared to were I’m leading you to.
Sometimes we ask ourselves. “I thought the Lord wouldn’t put on me more than I can bare?” We are absolutely right. But what we should ask ourselves is. “Did God put this on me or did I put this on myself?”
I feel like we bring ourselves more than we can bare a lot of times and then we ask God to fix our mess ups. We cause ourselves to go through more than we have to and all we had to do was listen to God in the first place.
LET GOD DRIVE!
I hear everyone say, “let Jesus take the wheel.” I agree! But don’t be no backseat driver. ??
By not putting God first in everything we do. Every decision we make, or every trial we go through we are asking to hurt more. We are trying to drive instead of letting God drive!
The next trial or storm you find yourself in let your faith grow and let God bring you through it. I guarantee He’s a much better decision maker or driver than you are!