“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when His glory is revealed.”
~1 Peter 4:12,13 (ESV)
I too often approach trials as temporary detours that I need to quickly maneuver through so I can get back on the pleasant path. The truth is trials are a necessary part of the Christian life. God uses them to mold us into the likeness of His Son.
A good question to ask is, “God, what are you trying to teach me through this trial?”
18th century pastor Henry Law helps put trials in the proper light.
“Are you not called to be a richly-laden tree?
Your every branch must bend with fruits of faith and hope and patience. But faith thrives most in trouble’s soil. Hope’s note is sweetest in the tempest’s roar. Patience gains strength beneath the cross’s weight. The diamond sparkles because the file is rough.
Trials are needful, or they would not be. Trials are needful, therefore they abound. They walk as sisters beside goodness and mercy. They attend the believer as appointed guards to Heaven’s gate.”
~Henry Law, Christ is All