Grace and peace be unto you.
“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him” (James 1:12).
Are you willing to remain faithful to God no matter the cost? As we journey through life, we will face many trials. Sometimes they come in rapid succession, while other times, we get a moment to rest and prepare for the next one. Our trials are a part of God’s plan, hence, we cannot pray or wish them away, we must go through them. Nonetheless, Scripture says, “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” (1 Peter 5:10).
The story is told that Daniel and his three friends, Meshach, Shadrach, and Abednego refused to bow down to an image of King Nebuchadnezzar. Consequently, they were bound and thrown in a burning fiery furnace. It was so hot that the men who threw them in were burned to death. It so happened that after a while, the king looked in the furnace and saw four men walking around unbound, and the fourth one looked like a son of the gods. In amazement, he instructed Daniel and his friends to come out. They stepped out of the furnace, and Nebuchadnezzar’s advisors looked at them and saw that they were unhurt (Daniel 3:8-27). We are confident that Jesus walks with us during our trials and protects us from harm.
God desires that we remain faithful regardless of our circumstances. Therefore, he allows us to face challenges that we have the power to overcome (1 Corinthians 10:13). Our power comes from God’s armor which is truth, righteousness, peace, scripture, faith, and salvation (Ephesians 6:14-17). As such, we are encouraged to put on his armor and check daily to ensure that it is in place. When we are clothed with God’s armor, we will withstand our trials. Are you wearing God’s armor?
God is able to give us a life without difficulties (Luke 1:37) but he will not do so. Oftentimes, he wants us to have the experience and reap the benefits. The benefits include learning insightful lessons that enhance our character and our relationship with him. For this reason, we rejoice in our suffering (Romans 5:3), trust him wholeheartedly, and remain faithful.