Trials and Tribulations: Tests of ones patience and endurance. (dictionary.com)
“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” Peter 5:10
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” Romans 12:12
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. …” James 1:2-8
“The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” Exodus 14:4
“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.” 1 Peter 4:12
“Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.” Revelation 2:10
I have entered a time in my life in which I am facing much tribulation. More trials at once then I have ever faced in my life. I also have the strongest faith I have ever had in my 42 years. Coincidence, I think not. You see God never gives you more then you can handle… With Him! It’s that last little bit that where I can see Gods grace and provision for me.
“ Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8
Embattled, persecuted… Yes, that is where I am in. I misstepped, in one bad moment, and the enemy, the same one who stalks like a prowling lion, jumped in and used that one moment against me in a way I can still hardly believe. Because I am still in the middle of this, I am not going to tell you my story, today. Give me some time to finish walking, finish grieving, to strengthen myself once again. But today I don’t have the energy to type all this out, and this is NOT the message.
The reason why I am in this Trial, these Tribulations, these reasons don’t matter. What matters is how I am finding God and how He is strengthening me in the middle of the chaos.
I. Praise God
The very first thing, the most important thing, is to Praise God. When anxiety takes me over, when I am doing the mundane tasks that allow my mind to wander and the enemy to attack, I praise God! “God you are so great, you have provided everything for me, your hand in over this situation, you have not left your servant, you have carried me…”
Again, and again, and again! Praising God is the best way to strengthen yourself when you are vulnerable, when all you want to do in turn in on yourself and give up!
2. Quiet Prayer
It is important to listen for Gods voice, to tune yourself into His word when you are facing your own trials. Would have, could have, should have… if only in that moment I had searched for an relied on the voice of God… But its never to late. In each and every moment of our life we can search for his voice. Quiet prayer and reflection, regardless of time of day or where you are at, this is the best way to calm yourself and tune back into what God has for you in that moment.
3. Worship music
It works! Turn it up and play it often! The enemy doesn’t like it when we praise and worship. When I turn it on, and I find myself getting fussy over songs and genres, I just leave playing and walk away. Why? Because that’s when the enemy is trying to detour you from spending that time with God in that way. So turn up the volume and just listen! Clean the floors, do the dishes, and Praise God!!
4. Watching my confidences
This is crucial when you are going through trials. First of all, you have to be careful who you trust to talk to, but most importantly you have to be careful who you complain to! Find a strong, mature fellow christian and complain away! They will not let your stumble, and in these times you can easily stumble. Be careful of people who just agree with you and give you sympathy. Don’t get me wrong, you need that, but you also need God’s wisdom coming from mature christians who have your best interest at heart.
These are the lessons I have learned and am putting into practice. I pray that those of you who read this are not enduring such trials, but when you do you can glean some helpful nuggets in this post.