Maturing Faith, Goodness of God, and Tribulation

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace.  In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

~ John 16:33

A maturing, genuine faith is one that begins to see the goodness of God in the midst of very difficult trials (“tribulations”) in life.  Yes, Jesus said that He has given us His peace, but His peace is not based upon our circumstances.  In fact, He wants us to learn that His peace goes beyond our circumstances… He said that He has already overcome them.

So why do we go through tough times?  It is simple, actually.  It is to test the genuineness of our faith, and to mature our faith from a seedling to a full grown tree of life in Christ. (See James 1 for further study).

The word “tribulation” in this passage translates as “compressing a material that is free and unshackled or unfettered.  In Christ we have been set free, yet in our freedom we will encounter seasons (and sometimes a life-long season) of compressing experiences.  But, don’t be dismayed.  These things will not destroy you or your faith.  Just don’t give up, my friend.

So you think your trials are bigger than others?  You think you are being Divinely paid-back for your sins?  No, you are being blessed.  Yes, BLESSED!  Your faith is being challenged and built and nurtured to a greater degree than many others.  Your tribulations experienced in this world are tribulations of this world, but Christ in His incredible love and wisdom is using this world’s tribulations (which He has already demonstrated His victory over) to build you into a conquering, faith-filled, God-loving, warrior-child of God.

Jesus teaches us that we should pick up our cross and follow Him.  I encourage you to be courageous and to fall in love with your cross, not for the pain it brings, but for the maturity it is bringing into your life. (See my article on Picking up Your Cross here).

See you at the altar of prayer in the Presence of Christ, my friend, and my fellow “tribulation-er”.

6 thoughts on “Maturing Faith, Goodness of God, and Tribulation

  1. David – excellent and timely. I say that because a new devotional writer has joined the Rest Ministries team, Pastor Chris Surber. I am leaving you his web site link and also the devotional link that was posted yesterday and ignited some interesting comments. I’d say you and Chris are soul brothers, as pastors and as one who walk out a life in chronic pain. He dwells on the blessings and – well, you will see as you read. He is also on FB and we have had some great exchanges of thought there, too.

    Trust me – you will love this brother in Christ! :) Lynn

    http://restministries.com/2013/02/18/suffering/#comments
    http://www.chrissurber.com

    P.S. I am not quite as “brimstones” as the thoughts that come forth from a “Paul” on the RM comments as to our eternal bodies but he surely has his right to share from what he thinks. Other parts of his thoughts were in sync with Chris and yours and “ours”!

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  3. I love these thought and am always encouraged to think of what it will be like when we see one another “at the alter.” Praise God!

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