Something that surprises me is when people try to act like their lives are perfect. That nothing bad has happened. Everyone faces trials, even Christians. The Bible has a lot to say about trials. 

The past month or so has been really rough. I can’t begin to explain how rough it’s been for me and even the people around me. 

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.”

‭‭James‬ ‭1:2-3‬ ‭ESV‬‬

One thing I notice in this verse is that it says “when”, not “if”. Trials will come. It’s inevitable, even in a Christians life. In verse three we see what happens in those trials; steadfastness. 

In other words our trials ultimately will bring us closer to Christ, if we allow. Same for any relationship. Hard times can either bring you and the other person closer in the long run, or tear the relationship apart. 

“It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭119:71‬ ‭ESV

The writer of this Psalm knew exactly why trials could be good. We can learn more about God in the midst of storms. 

“Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep your word.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭119:67‬ ‭ESV‬‬

My life was heading somewhere I didn’t want it to when I was in college. Verses I’ve seen on trials, such as the ones I’ve shown, point to one thing: they can make our relationship with God stronger. 

It’s in the trials that we can see God’s arms around us, comforting us, strengthening us. We just need to stop holding on to the things weighing us down, and be held. 

God bless 🙂