for every burden, every trial, and every heartache.
Someday, when this life is over, Christians will be in the presence of Jesus Christ, our Savior; and we will thank Him for every burden, trial and heartache. We will see Him face to face and every difficulty will fade in the light of His glory.
This is a guest post by Beth Harris. She is a wife, mother, Bible study leader and volunteer editor for markalanwilliams.net.
Knowing that someday I will be with Jesus and thank Him for every burden, trial and heartache gives me encouragement. He uses difficulties to grow faith but, occasionally I feel depressed about trials. Sometimes, I experience fear and worry while at other times I complain about my problems.
But, when I feel this way, I continue to communicate with Him. I respectfully let Him know when things are painful, and I express my feelings to Him. Then I ask Him for strength and reaffirm my faith that though I don’t understand how, I believe He will bring good out of everything. He renews my hope and someday, in His presence, I will thank Him for every burden, trial and heartache.
“Be still, sad heart! and cease repining; Behind the clouds is the sun still shining; Thy fate is the common fate of all, Into each life some rain must fall, Some days must be dark and dreary.”
The Rainy Day, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Everyone has their share of rainy days and it seems counterintuitive to think that someday we will thank the Lord for them.
After all, pain and suffering are unpleasant. But, someday when this life is finished and we are in the presence of our Savior, we will thank Him for every affliction, hardship, trial and painful experience.
Truthfully, I don’t usually react to trials with gratitude, but instead with fear, worry and complaining.
But, Christians have the help of the Holy Spirit, so we can respond to trials in the following Biblical ways.
1. We can choose joy and faith instead of fear.
We don’t have to wait until we get to heaven to thank the Lord. We can thank Him today for the “eternal glory” that our present trials are achieving for us.
2 Corinthians 4:17 says it all, For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” (NIV)
The Bible tells us that God is using every burden, trial and heartache to develop and grow our faith and endurance.
Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” (James 1:2-4 NLT)
God is wise and in control, therefore we can trust Him. He doesn’t waste anything including pain and suffering. Regardless of the source of our trials, He uses everything for our good, though we may not see it now or in our lifetime.
Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NIV)
Don’t worry, but trust God to do His work!
3. We can choose to praise the Lord instead of complaining.
Complaining can lead to self – pity, which can be a slippery slope that leads to depression and despair.
It is essential to always praise the Lord especially during trials. Praise honors God and helps us to keep our focus on Him. Praise is an antidote for complaining and prevents bitterness.
These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold–though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. (1 Peter 1:7 NLT)
If we remain steadfast through our trials, someday we will receive praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ comes again.
Job 23:10 says, “But he knows where I am going. And when he tests me, I will come out as pure as gold.” (NLT)
Someday, in the presence of Jesus, we will thank Him for every burden, trial and heartache. We can be grateful that He uses them to refine us as part of His grand plan and purpose.
We don’t have to wait until we get to heaven to thank the Lord. We can begin to thank him now.
What burdens, trials and heartaches are you going through?
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