Trials? Look Again.

Psalm 37:34 Wait for the LORD and keep His way, and He will exalt you to inherit the land; when the wicked are cut off, you will see it.

Trials aren’t always as they appear.

Sometimes the method of grace God seeks to use in our lives is the object we’re kicking against.

Take for instance the story of Jonah. After disobeying God, the ship’s crew threw him overboard to appease the storm. Why didn’t he drown?—because God’s plan involved a merciful intervention with a fish. It is no accident Jonah survived the experience. It was God’s plan to send him to Nineveh all along. For three days and nights Jonah lingered inside the belly of the fish until, convicted of his disobedience, he repented to Christ.

Trials aren’t painful experiences for pain’s sake—they are the gracious working of God in our lives to mold us further to Christlikeness. Sometimes the painful incident in our lives is actually the kindest thing God could do.

Left to the natural consequences of our choices, perhaps we’d drown.


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Publicly, Trisha is a well-established editor for a mammoth corporation. Privately, however, she sorts and stacks, tosses and tallies, pitches and plunders. She devotes serious time and energy to a hobby that would make goddesses like Martha Stewart and Julie Morgenstern blush. She is a home manager. That, and she loves to write. She just published her first book--Trust, Hope, Pray.

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