You know the end of that statement. We’ve all heard it before. I say, “What doesn’t kill you…” You say, “…makes you stronger.” Or “should’ve tried harder,” depending on what Internet posts you’ve read. Another cliché, I know, I know. But again, clichés have a reason for being popular. Because they’re smart and they make sense. This is another one of those.
Trials. Nobody likes them. We all cry our way through them and question God, “Why is this happening to me?” But really, why do bad things happen to good people? Isn’t God supposed to bless His people? Why, then, are the best people you know getting cancer, losing loved ones, etc., etc.? Because God loves you the way you are, He loves you wherever you are, but He loves you too much to let you stay there. He didn’t die for you so you could sit in a comfy chair and watch the world pass you by. He created you to make a difference. He created you to be somebody. But in order to do that, you have to change. You can’t stay the way you are, because I don’t know if you’ve noticed this, but humans are imperfect creatures. Shocker, I know. Human beings are flawed. But in order to do what He created us to do, to fill the roles that He created us to fill, we need to first become the people that He created us to be. Thus, trials exist.
There are many different reasons for trials. They exist to test our faith, to correct our sin, to make us stronger. I’m sure there are others, but these are the ones I want to focus on. Sometimes, trials come to correct us when we choose the wrong path, when we deliberately decide to sin. Often, they’re the only way that God can get our attention. “That’s definitely not the case,” you say. “I read my Bible every day, I pray all the time, I go to church,” and so on and so forth. That doesn’t have to be why you’re going through a rough spot. Look at Job. The man was a saint. Loved God, praised Him continually. He lost everything. Why? To test his faith. To grow him. To make him a stronger believer. “You never said the road would be easy, but You said that You would never leave; and You never promised that this life wasn’t hard, but You promised You’d take care of me!” God doesn’t promise Christians an easy life. In fact, the opposite is true. He promises that we will have trials. But you know what else He’s promised? That He’ll be with us every step of the way. “Have I not commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage. Be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed, for the Lord thy God is with thee withersoever thou goest” (Joshua 1:9). You will go through difficulties, but you don’t have to go it alone. You have the Creator of the universe walking with you, ready to catch you when you can’t go any farther. Never forget that.