Dancing With Trouble - Part 1

Have you ever put yourself to the test to see how you respond to adversity or tragedy? We often discover in life's classroom that God uses adversity or tragedy to demonstrate our faith or to test our character. Troubles and trials have a way of creeping down the road and surprising us at the most inconvenient moments.

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BEYOND OUR CONTROL

I am sure we are all aware that such proving or testing may occur without our being directly or personally responsible. Often, it is beyond our control. If this were not the case, we should definitely skip all such tests and stick to a simple, straightforward route. However, we must keep in mind that both trials and hours of sunlight and song are a part of the divine design and have a place in our schedule. 

Difficulties, trials and difficult tests are not always indicative of sin, failure, or a lack of spirituality. They are often indicative of spiritual maturity and development, which God must test and validate since we are His handiwork.

ENCHANTED TEACHINGS

Many people believe that the Christian life is, or should be, relatively pleasant, free of difficulty, trial, hardship, and pain. This is the mainstream Word Of Faith prosperity teaching that has indoctrinated most mainstream churches. Even the most prominent prophets and apostles of today fail to discern that trouble is part and parcel of the journey.

Such individuals have fashioned for themselves a framework of an ideal authentic Christian life free of trouble, trials and difficulties. This for them is a scriptural goal.

I have no idea where such individuals, so enchanted (and usually deceived in their pomp), have been living or what literature they have read all these years! They undoubtedly have no knowledge of history, Christian experience, or the Bible. 

LISTEN IF YOU HAVE EARS

For all of these, we must always bear in mind the fact of what scripture speaks on this topic.

Job 5:7 -- but people are born to trouble, as surely as the sparks fly upward.

Psalms 34:19 -- The godly face many dangers, but the LORD saves them from each one of them.

John 16:33 -- I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In the world you have trouble and suffering, but take courage – I have conquered the world.”

Romans 5:3 -- Not only this, but we also rejoice in sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,

2 Corinthians 4:17 -- For our momentary, light suffering is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison

2 Timothy 3:12 -- Now in fact all who want to live godly lives in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.

James 1:2-4 -- My brothers and sisters, consider it nothing but joy when you fall into all sorts of trials, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect effect, so that you will be perfect and complete, not deficient in anything.

Surely, based on all of these Scriptures and others which I have not mentioned, we as Christians know better than to pray for deliverance from trials, and given that it is a part of God's design, we should not ignore its unique ministry.

LOOK AT HISTORY

There are many instances throughout history of lives being destroyed as a result of an ungraceful response to adversity. Despite the collected knowledge and philosophy of the seers and prophets, many still fail to understand that beneath her disguise, the trials and difficulties are servants to help us. Any other viewpoint results from a lack of vision and perspective within that range.

Too many people focus on the present, the local, and perceive life and related issues through a narrow lens. “While we do not gaze at the things that are seen,” the Scriptures declare. 

2 Corinthians 4:18 -- because we are not looking at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen. For what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.

POSITIVE AND CONSTRUCTIVE

As Christians, once we are persuaded in our minds that trouble is not intended to defeat us, is not just an inconvenience or cruelty, but rather a necessary component of excellent life, we must learn how to utilise it.

How many difficulties might be resolved and faith disasters averted if we adopted a positive, constructive attitude and recognised that difficulty is one of the agents and powerful tools put in our hands for character development and the release of potential power for right and magnificent construction!

USING TROUBLE

Naturally, as a result of our physical and basic makeup, we avoid pain, suffering, and difficulty. However, this is because we associate them only with their effect on the bodily or current mood. Oftentimes, in the intercessory groups, hours are spent praying away problems. At times, we take detours to avoid encountering trials.

Finally, when we are forced to meet her (trouble), we spend an inordinate amount of time explaining to her or to God how much we dislike her and wondering why we were ever driven to meet her. However, difficulty cannot be reasoned with; she is completely irrational. She is to be put to use.

TRIBULATION

Please correct your thoughts of the erroneous belief that if you are a nice person or a true spiritual Christian who is completely surrendered and dedicated, your life will be blessed and that God will protect you from damage or disappointment. No, attaining such a high state of consecration and yielding to God serves solely to qualify you for adversity, trials and trouble.

God uses the term "tribulation" in reference to saints. The word's derivation means, "threshing." The farmer does not thresh weeds; he threshes the ripe golden wheat in order to separate the grain from the chaff and sticks. He is seeking grain, not straw and definitely not weeds.

As a result, God declares that hardship produces patience; that is, the grain of patience, long-suffering, and kindness is produced through threshing or affliction. Consider the magnificent spiritual grain of character and exemplary life that can only be obtained via the suffering experience.

HERO CHARACTER

Only through adversity and suffering did the spiritual tone and character of God's great heroes develop. In the world around us, in the areas of great music, art, and literature, the artist never achieves the pinnacle of his labours and contributes the finest of creative beauty and power to the world until he has experienced the painful touch of personal sadness, grief, or difficulty.

Often, it is as though the heavenly touch transforms the normal and dull into a magnificent exhibition of divine strength, endurance, and beauty. It is through the use of adversity that we may access the deeper springs of our life and open the channels of compassion and understanding that a perishable world needs.

Do not mistake me; I am not claiming that adversity alone makes us strong or noble, or that it alone has the capacity to change. I am dealing with you as Christians who accept Romans 8:28, and as you can see, that passage is never to be applied to unrepentant lifestyles.

That is why many unsaved people will never comprehend how the Scriptures apply to their everyday lives, yet if a Christian has anything even like the Spirit of Christ, he may chastise a servant in order to bring out the best in him.

However, trouble is a neutral or passive thing in and of itself; it is entirely dependent on how we use it. One may remain passive and abandon the advantage of the experience; one can explain oneself, and difficulty can either make one bitter or angry, or it can make one harsh, cruel, and unbelieving.

People who lack faith, perspective, or vision allow difficulty to do all kinds of terrible and cruel things to them, but praise God, there are many great people on whom trouble has fallen who were able to see and recognise a servant at their call, building them lives of strength and beauty.

Change your perspective and change your attitude. This will change your life.

Blessings,

Godwin.

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