How to: Handle the trials that come into our lives (part 2)

Laugh without fear

God tells us not to fear even if the world is falling apart. Whether the world is literally falling apart or if the circumstance we face makes it seem that way, God’s is our refuge and strength and we will not fear. The Bible is filled with God’s promises that are ours to claim. Here are just a few of God’s promises to us to sustain in times of trial: He knows our name; He forgives us, transforms us, and saves us; He came for the lost; He wants to use usHe provides for us; He is our strength and our shield; and in Him we are complete.  With this in mind, what does the Bible say about navigating the trials that come into our lives?

From Streams in the Desert…”I once heard the following statement from a simple old man, and I have never forgotten it: “When God tests you, it is a good time to put his promises to the test and then claiming from Him exactly what your trials have made necessary.”

There are two ways of getting out of a trial. One is simply to try to get rid of the trial, and then to be thankful when it is over. The other is to recognize the trial as a challenge from God to claim a larger blessing than we have ever before experienced, and to accept it with delight as an opportunity of receiving a greater measure of God’s divine grace.

In this way, even the adversary becomes a help to us, and all the things that seem to be against us turn out to assist us along our way. Surely this is what is meant by the words, “In all things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37). [Adapted from A.B. Simpson, Streams in the Desert]

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed for his compassions never fail, they are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness. -Lamentations 3:22-24

Up next, tomorrow: How to: Grow your Patience. We’ll wrap up the week with How to: Deal with Difficult People.

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