For the past two weeks I have had computer problems and could not log in to my own site. I just got the problem corrected and now I am back on line.
For some time now I have had a problem that I continually had to work around. I could not open my start button. It (my computer) suddenly decided to stop working and I spent days trying to fix it with two different IT specialist who also had trouble with it. I finally had to save my documents and completely wipe my hard drive and then reload everything. When I got it reloaded for some unknown reason it would not recognize my password. Just a few moments ago that problem was resolved and now you are getting my apologies for my lack of input. My computer is now working properly and it is so great to have it fixed.
During the time I have been wrestling with this problem it seemed that everything had been turned upside down. My schedule was in shambles and my control was nonexistent. This is much the same as the world dealing with the Corona virus or any other chaotic moment you may be going through.
1Pe 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: In looking at this verse I realized that it is not an uncommon event in the lives of Christians, rather, it is the norm. Christians will have multiple such events that push them beyond their limits. There is a very good reason for that because it isn’t until you are put under such condition that true growth can happen. A body trainer will tell you that this is where you get stronger than you were before. This is where your limits are stretched, your vision expands, and your faith is validated. It was in this light that Jesus said in John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. The discipleshad hoped that Jesus would set up His millennial kingdom and that they would reign with Him. They knew nothing of Jesus’ death and the coming of the Holy Spirit who would lead them into all truth. The journey was vitally important in preparing them for the final destination. There will be a time when we can rest with the Lord, but now is the time to be molded and sharpened into His image. The journey through the trials is how we change our minds about everything, and how we are transformed and fitted for eternity.
Trials do another thing for us in that we learn how to think. The natural man’s inclination is to avoid problems, pain and pressure, and when confronted with them we look for a way out. This is known as escapism. The favorite verse for the escapist is 1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. This verse is not for facing trials but for facing temptation. These are not the same thing. Trials deal with barriers to be overcome while doing God’s will but temptations deal with diversions from doing God’s will. We are not directed to become escape artist but rather we are to be over comers. There are few rewards that compare to facing a difficult or impossible task and overcoming it. It does something to you that gives you confidence, and a sense of accomplishment that builds you up in a way that makes it worth the effort. We think different about difficulty much differently from then on.
It also brings hope. Before the trial the picture looked impossible but after the victory, we have hope. Hope that other difficulties can be overcome and that the possibilities can become realities. We discover that the objective was not in our defeat but in our victory. The trial only brings out what God had put there in the beginning. 2 Corinthians 1:20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. Our cheering section is lead by God, Himself.