By Henry Korsah
Hi everybody, I would like to apologise for the long hiatus. Nonetheless, your kind encouraging words to return, has not fallen on deaf ears or blind eyes. I would like to say, thank you!
My topic today is on Trials and Tribulations, it is also the reason why I have not posted for so long. The last summer holidays till now I have been facing so many challenges. The challenges were physical, mental and spiritual. However, God is still pulling me through, and God is still working on me. Anyways………. we will start the topic:
I believe every Christian will face their own trials and tribulations before they receive their breakthrough, a perfect example for this is Job. Job was a man that barely sinned, no matter what came his way. He was very thankful to God; the praises of God were always on his lips. God was very proud of Job’s love towards him, that he was even bragging about him, in Job 2:3
Job 2:2. And the Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.” (NIV)
Job 2:3. Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason.” (NIV)
I pray that the Lord will brag about you too!
To cut the whole story short, after God was bragging about Job. Satan was saying to God, if you leave Job alone, allow me to test him, to see if he will curse you. God was ok with it; the only condition is that Satan will not kill him. Job suffered throughout the period of trials, even his own wife suggested that he should curse God and die. Despite all of the sufferings Job faced. Job still did not curse God, Job was even mocked and laughed at by his friends for still having faith in God. Moreover, God was airing all of Jobs prayers until Job prayed for his friends that were mocking his relationship with God. God blessed the latter part of Jobs life. I would recommend you read the book of Job for the full story.
It takes a whole lot of faith to endure the trials and tribulations you will encounter. It is very easy to turn your back on God during this time. You will begin to question God and his timing etc. You may say things like ‘God you did this for this person, how come you have not done this for me?’ or ‘God has not answered any of my prayers, so why should I bother?’ even ‘God, I pray, I read my bible and listen to the word everyday, so why am I going through this.’ I do understand all of these statements because I have said all of this at least once, three or a thousand times myself. We should not allow the devil, to trick us into having these thoughts, instead, we should be thankful because our breakthrough is around the corner. The doubt we begin to have in the trials and tribulations period delays our breakthrough, without faith we will not believe that our breakthrough is near, due to doubts in our mind. The bible says in Hebrews 11:1…….
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
This verse should be a reminder that no matter what we face, we should have faith that God will pull us through, even though we may not see it happening, immediately. I would encourage you all to stay hooked to reading the word, prayer and listening to the word during this tough period.
God bless you all, see you at the next post ?