Faith and Trials

We all go through our own ups and downs. There are deserts and then there are the mountains. We go through times that we don’t know why something happened and it hurts bad. Whether it be the death of a loved one or cancer or a multitude of other trials.

We go to prayer in faith over the deep trials, believing that God is more than able to heal and deliver us or our loved one. Jesus said “ask anything in my name and I will do it.” He said, “all things are possible to them that believe.” These are all true and I’ll go to my death standing on the word of God.

When we approach God we approach him in faith not doubting. We are called to that kind of rugged faith through thick and thin. We have seen God heal cancer, back problems, cysts, repair severed arteries, heal blood infections, provide financially and much more.

However, we all know there are times when God is silent in our lives and we don’t experience his miracles. God worked miracles through the apostle Peter and delivered him out of prison when he was going to be executed, but one time he did not do this and Peter was crucified. God was not any less faithful from one time to the next. He has an eternal purpose in each experience.

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
(James 1:2-4)

We don’t always find out exactly why God does or does not work a miracle in a specific instance in our life. We do know that the trying of our faith works patience and when patience has her perfect work it brings us closer to completeness of character. That completeness of character (perfection) brings us eternal rewards and blessings.

It also works to bring us closer to Christ in this life. How do you find the balance between having a strong faith for God to work and not getting discouraged because He did not work the miracle?

It’s impossible for man to do this on his own volition. It is a work of the Spirit and an explanation is never enough. The only thing I can suggest to everyone going through a deep trial is that you desperately need to cling close to the Lord Jesus. Read his word for your comfort, search the Psalms, listen to sermons (especially those of Brother William Branham), pray without ceasing and in everything give thanks to God. Keep praising Him through it all. Know that at some point He will wipe away all tears and give you a crown of life.