January 19, 2007 print_code Print this lesson

When you face trials, don't despair.

Everyone faces some trials in his or her life and some of us face many. At times it can seem there is nothing good about experiencing a trial Ė "no silver lining." But we can take heart that we do not suffer trials in vain. God allows them to happen to us and uses them to do a work in us, developing us into mature Christians.

In (James 1:2-4), we are told, "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." In other words, God uses the tough times in life to sharpen us, making us mature and complete Christians.

Furthermore, God will not permit you to remain in the same trials all of your life. In His timing, at the right and proper time, He will deliver you out of your trials. (Psalm 34:17) says, "The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles."

Trials are part of life for those who seek to be a part of Godís kingdom. They are necessary to help us grow to be mature and complete Christians, and as they test our faith they also reveal Godís own faithfulness as He saves us from them.

So, when you face trials, donít despair.