TOPIC: UNDERSTANDING THE TRIAL OF FAITH
BIBLE TEXT: 1 PET. 5:10
“But the God of all grace, who has called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make your perfect, establish, strengthen, settle you”
There is no growth without suffering in Christendom. Trials and temptations are what matures a believer for a glorified life. Reading Bible stories about how Daniel faced the Lions in their den and shouting I can do it is theoretically until you face your life trial that will test your love for God and his Kingdom. Suffering (not sickness and disease) will make you grow speedily because it will draw your closer to God, make you pray more than before, make your search the scripture a for a solution, make you live right to ensure you please God, etc.
In the physical world, there is a time when all that we need are provided without much trouble but a time came when you grow up to suffer for your need. I remember when I begin my walk with the Lord, I got an answer to my prayers at a very high speed. This strengthens my faith in Christ and draws me closer to God. I was happy that God who created the whole universe responds to me instantly. Thereafter, the delay begins to take hours, days, weeks, and months. I would have thought maybe God was angry with me but I usually have this inner witness that I am fine with God coupled with I hear consistently.
Beloved, God will strengthen your faith through suffering for his name’s sake. He will build your faith by delaying your request so that you can learn to trust him no matter how long it takes to get your answer. For example, a cry from a hungry child attracts a response from everyone in the room in seconds but as the same begin to grow into maturity, the same child will soon cry for minutes without being attended to. It doesn’t mean the parent has stopped loving the child, it is only indicating that the child is expected now to endure the hunger until the food is done. Through this, the child will learn how to endure and persevere when there is a delay in his/her desires and would also learn how to endure the delay of gratification to ensure due process is followed.
Beloved, our Bible text promised that after we have suffered a while, God will make us perfect, established, strengthened, and settle us. This promise will only come to pass when we truthfully wait for his timing. A time of growth requires endurance but many today are taking a shortcut to the palace and that is why don’t last in the throne. Spiritual growth will not take place overnight, it has to be gradual and consistent. You will not walk in the anointing of the General Overseer in 2 months after salvation even if you fast for those two months. Growth comes with tests and examinations. Until you pass the level one, you cant move on to level two.
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Oluwaseun Isaac Agbenla