Friday, June 23, 2017

Trials from God's Point of View

"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you." [Isaiah 43:2]

While this passage is written to Israel, our God is consistent in keeping His promises to all His people. There are principles here that apply to the experiences we all go through.

The first principle is found in the word "when." God doesn't say if or maybe but when. For God's people trials are inevitable. Trials may knock us down for a moment but not out.

The second principle is found in the phrase "I will be with you." Our trials are endurable because God walks with us in them.

The third principle is found in the phrase "walk through them" accompanied by the words "shall not" and "nor shall." They tells us that triumph over trials is expected.

The bottom line is that our trials are to help us not hurts us. We only realize this when we are able to look at the bigger picture and God's purpose of conforming us to the image of Christ.