When do God’s Trials for us end?
By Stephen L France
There is a simple answer to this question – “they don’t until we die…and our last breath maybe a trial in itself!”
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. [Matthew 16:24 – 26]
We’re in a struggle with ourselves for as long as we make the ‘free-will choice’ to live by Spirit and not by flesh.
The quarrels among us aren’t about the people we’re fighting with; work colleagues, friends, family, or spouses. They come from our desires that battle within us, [James 4:1] which is why many of us arrive at the God-given wisdom to submit to our Lord and resist the devil, [James 4:7] knowing that our internal fight can only be won with surrender to our Creator’s sovereignty.
However, I ask ‘when do God’s trials end?’ in reference to the deep cleaning of my soul from past wounds and deceptions; the hurts and lies that live with me daily whether I’m conscious of them or completely oblivious.
I’m talking about the pains that slipped in throughout my childhood and adolescence, that now govern how I think, behave, and react – the secret gods of my life, that work to steal true joy and peace, and provide false happiness and temporary resolution.
1 Peter 4:12 – 13 and James 1: 2 – 4 speak of trials, but they also reveal that there is a conclusion that brings joy to the individual who has gone through them and glorifies God.
Recently, I was waking up at 6:04 on the dot for several consecutive days.
I didn’t know why and had gone to bed at late hours; however, on the third morning, I woke to a foreign and overwhelming thought with an accompanying emotion.
This thought was like someone smashed a gong beside my head and has put me on the path of my hardest mental trial to date. The Lord knows this is difficult for me, because He’s fully aware of my heart.
Despite my usual transparency, I’m not willing to disclose this specific thought, but suffice to say, it is here to stay until the trial inside me concludes and I learn that God can bless me.
Subsequent to revelation of the trial, that very morning I jumped out of bed, got on my knees, and pleaded with God to take the trial away from me, but I also added: "let the Father’s will be done.”
Of course, I always have the option to get out of this trial as we all do, but it’s so well-tailored to me, and avoiding it would be running away from God’s love and care in making me perfect and entire [James 1:4].
I shared the following verses and accompanying spiritual revelations with my Bible cell group, regarding trials; the Scripture and Lord’s message gave me an incredible sense of strength for the struggles to come.
My brethren count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations... [James 1:2]
One huge reason why I sincerely count it joy that I’m in my present position, is because it reveals that the Lord must love and trust me so much to present the burden he has.
He's aware it’s my greatest weakness and yet He believes I will overcome it.
I know this for certain because our Lord does not desire or have any practical purpose for hurting me to the point of losing me from His narrow road.
He is patient with us, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. [2 Peter 3:9]
See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. [Isaiah 48:10]
In my challenging situation, I imagine my Father in Heaven declaring to His assembly hall:
Have you considered my servant Stephen? There is no one on earth like him…a man who fears God and shuns evil. [Paraphrasing Job 1:8]
He's exalting me saying:
“He can handle the issue.”
“He can stand firm in this trial.”
A Godly sister added to my revelations to my Bible cell with this response:
So that the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. [2 Thessalonians 1:12]
I cannot say for certain when the Godly trials of my soul are going to end.
Truthfully, it isn’t the spiritually apt question to ask and is more of human curiosity.
My focus lies on what our Lord wants and what He wishes me to learn during the trial.
So that’s what I will do; continue to give thanks for the trial and know that the Lord intends to fortify me for greater things.
Do you have Godly trials that you’re struggling with at the moment?