The Good In Trials, Afflictions And Temptations (8)
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience’’ Jam.1:2-3 (NKJV).
‘‘But He knows the way that I take; When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold’’ Job 23:10 (NKJV).
Last week we considered the fourth and fifth steps on how to handle trials and afflictions namely: the seeker must maintain a violent attitude against the works of darkness (Matt. 11:12); and the seeker must equally not forget his Christian warfare armour (Eph. 6:10-18). That trials and afflictions prosper with devastating impacts on victims that are not violently disposed to attacking the kingdom of darkness with the weapons of warfare that are not carnal (2Cor. 10:3-6).
The sixth step to handle trials and afflictions, the seeker must learn to rely on God’s promises daily-that He will never leave him or forsake him.
‘‘teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen’’ Matt. 28:20 (NKJV).
When we face trials and afflictions, most times it is easy to conclude that God has abandoned us. That is why people in the midst of troubles normally cry aloud: ‘‘Lord where are you?’’Job in his great pains of trials and afflictions had this to say as a complain to God if God was to be a man like him.
‘‘For He is not a man, as I am, That I may answer Him, And that we should go to court together. Nor is there any mediator between us, Who may lay his hand on us both’’ Job 9:32-33 (NKJV).
In the midst of all that, Job did not lose hope and faith in God. Rather he put his total trust in God, knowing fully that, whatever a man passes through in his life is transient or will not last forever.
‘’ For I know that my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth; And after my skin is destroyed, this I know, That in my flesh I shall see God, Whom I shall see for myself, And my eyes shall behold, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!’’ Job 19:25-27 (NKJV).
When Job totally relied on God all through the days of his trials and afflictions, God did not even allow him to die as Job had almost concluded based on what he was passing through but he was both healed, restored and blessed twice more than his status before the afflictions and trials came.
‘’Then all his brothers, all his sisters, and all those who had been his acquaintances before, came to him and ate food with him in his house; and they consoled him and comforted him for all the adversity that the LORD had brought upon him. Each one gave him a piece of silver and each a ring of gold. Now the LORD blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; for he had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, one thousand yoke of oxen, and one thousand female donkeys’’ Job 42:11-12 (NKJV).
The seventh step is, the seeker must desire the wisdom of God to navigate successfully in different times and circumstances to make the right choices to avoid falling into temptations unnecessarily. Wisdom is the productive positive result-oriented intercourse between knowledge, experience, understanding and the right application of facts or information shown in making decisions and judgements for best performance or excellence in the issues of life.
Life without wisdom brings pains, woes, disappointments, frustrations, shame, unwise decisions and judgements, bondages and slaveries. The unusual great and notable deeds of God in all His creation came through His wisdom, so we must use wisdom, if we desire to be above trials and afflictions just as He is
‘‘Wisdom is good with an inheritance, And profitable to those who see the sun. For wisdom is a defense as money is a defense, But the excellence of knowledge is that wisdom gives life to those who have it’’ Eccl. 7:11-12 (NKJV).
Any time wisdom is displayed, notable deeds, amazing things and wonders are the results in life and ministry-as the ability to face trials and afflictions is released to us. Behind every struggle and suffering in life is foolishness. At certain times also, trials and afflictions are products of foolishness. God’s wisdom is the cure for all foolishness that bring hardship, and difficulties that give birth to various types of trials and afflictions. So the best way to overcome trials and afflictions is to accept and utilize the wisdom of God.
But why is wisdom so important in handling trials and afflictions? See you next week!