Difficulties prove our faith (I Pet. 1: 6, 7). Enduring trials produces humility and patience (2 Cor. 12: 7, 10; Rom. 5: 3). The scriptures address what the conduct of the Christian should be while enduring trials. There is to be rejoicing, praying, singing, and working (Jas. 1: 2; Acts 16: 25; I Pet. 4: 19).

God’s promises to those who endure trials

Regarding Paul’s thorn in the flesh he was told, “my grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness…” (2 Cor. 12: 9). God also promises deliverance in time of trial for his people (Ps. 34: 7). Another promise is the crown of life. Hear Paul, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness…” (2 Tim. 4: 7, 8).

Beloved, trials are part of life. Some of our problems are brought about by our sins (Prov. 13: 15). Some difficulties come as a result of doing what is right (2 Tim. 3: 12). Accompanying each “difficulty,” though, God has provided a way of escape (I Cor. 10: 13). Regarding trials James wrote, “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience…” (Jas. 1: 2, 3). Even though most cringe at the thought of problems and difficulties, man needs resistance and trials to challenge and make him a better person. Without trials, man tends to be arrogant. Listen to the Psalmist: “It is good for me that I have been afflicted: that I might learn thy statutes” (Ps. 119: 71).