Trials and Suffering


Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.

Helen Keller

Helen Keller was deaf and blind, yet she became a prolific writer. It is an amazing story.

Romans 5:3-5 (NASB95)
And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance;
and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope;
and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

The reason some Christians do not walk in godly character is because when they encounter trials, tribulations, and suffering they get bitter, angry, blame God, reject godly counsel, and do not learn what God was wanting to teach them. So, they just keep going around the mountain.

It is as if some Christians are blind an deaf to the workings of God in their life. So, they lose hope. They do not understand that in the midst of the trials that God loves them. Those who perservere are different. They come to understand God’s love and when they go through another trial they have hope that God will carry them through it.

As inspiring as the Helen Keller story is, the promise of God’s word is even more inspiring. As a Christian we can even go as far as to look forward to the trials God allows to come our way. It just means He is in the character building mode once again in our life.

James 1:2-4 (NASB95)
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

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