When Your Faith is Put on Trial

#ThrowbackThursday — This post originally published April 26, 2010

The morning news told it all. Tornadoes suddenly ripped through the south tearing apart several communities. The pictures show the aftermath with homes and businesses ripped open or leveled, their contents spread all over the landscape for everyone to see. The tearful survivors move through the rubble, picking up the pieces.

Adversity has the same effect on us. It rips through our life with little warning, tearing apart everything that held us together. The contents of our life is strewn everywhere for all to see. Our faith in Christ is laid bare. Our emotions are raw. We move through the rubble of our lives full of tears while those around us ask, “Where is your God now?” (Psalm 42:3)

As we pick up the pieces after the storms of life hit, we know that one thing never changes – Jesus Christ. Amidst the rubble, he is there lifting us up, strengthening us, helping us to rely on His Spirit instead of our selfish desires. Christ is what enables us to see trials as pure joy, to “know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete.” (James 1:2-4)

When we rebuild with Christ after the storms of life, we rebuild with more of Him and less of ourselves. Jesus gives us the ability to rejoice in the midst of grief and all kinds of trials “so that your faith – of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though it is refined by fire – may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” (1 Peter 1:6-7)

In the aftermath of the storms of life, when others ask where God is, you can respond as the Psalmist did in Psalm 42:11: “Why are you down in the dumps, dear soul? Why are you crying the blues? Fix my eyes on God— soon I’ll be praising again. He puts a smile on my face. He’s my God.” (The Message)

© 2010 CGThelen

10 thoughts on “When Your Faith is Put on Trial

  1. Amen! The cry of so many thirsty souls is too painful and too loud for us to be lazy or careless!

  2. Thank you and thanks for the scripture. That is such a great Psalm. My prayer to you is that God would continue to deepen your faith through the trials; may we be filled with his living water.

  3. Dear Brother (Sister) in Christ, I don’t know you but God does! Thank you for your words. I know that they come from deep within. I know their sound for I have heard them myself. The same fire has tested me. It was only the chaff that got burnt. At the end, crucified with Christ, I felt lighter but truer. God bless you and your ministry! “Deep calls to deep at the sound of Your waterfalls” (Ps 42:7)

  4. Thank you. I appreciate the offer, but I feel I must decline. Since I started this blog I have intentionally tried to leave my name and my identity off the posts; I have tried to minimize anything about me to amplify Jesus (Gal. 6:14); I have tried to make this about Jesus Christ and my journey to try to live by his example and his words. I am reminded of John 3:30, “He must become greater, I must become less (NIV).” I may not always succeed, but it is a journey that I enjoy sharing with with other bloggers. I so appreciate all the wonderful bloggers like you who have shared their thoughts, insight and encouragement. Blessings!

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