Understanding The Trials of Faith
“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as through some strange thing happened unto you:”1st Peter 4:12
“Faith is not that we find it difficult to trust God, but that God’s character has to be cleared in our own minds.”
“Faith in its actual working out has to go through spells of isolation. Never confuse the trial of faith with the ordinary discipline of life. Much that we call the trial of faith is the inevitable result of being alive.
Faith in the Bible is faith in God against everything that contradicts Him – ‘I will remain true to God’s character whatever He may do’. “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him” – this is the most sublime utterance of faith.
Trials of faith should be endured because they are temporary. Trials are not supposed to be permanent fixtures in life, they are for a season. “Faith is not that we find it difficult to trust God, but that God’s character has to be cleared in our own minds.” “Faith in its actual working out has to go through spells of isolation. Trials of faith are difficult to bear; for they cause heaviness or depression of the mind, (Hebrews 10:32). “Why art thou cast down, O my soul! And why art thou disquieted within me?” is often the language of the child of God. But ought he ever to be cast down? Ought he not to be superior to the trials of life, and to soar above them as on eagles’ wings? No; Christianity is not Stoicism, and, if a believer does not feel his troubles, there would cease to be such, and it would not affect their purpose and design. While, he does not yield to a spirit of dejection, or allow it to overcome him, he must feel when in the furnace or trial even as did our Lord Himself.
“But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” James 1:6-8
Excerpts from Open Heavens