TEXT: James 1:1-4, James 12:1
MEMORY VERSE: Romans 5:5 says “And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”
INTRODUCTION: Transformation is the intention of God for mankind since man has been corrupted by the devil. It is a change from a life that does not conform to the ways of God to a life that pleases God. It is an inward event manifesting outwardly.
On the other hand, trial in the Greek language is called peirasmos which means trying, testing and proving the validity and authenticity of our faith in the word. Trials are not meant to punish or destroy us but to enhance, strengthens our
- God is in control
- God’s purpose for trials.
God Is In Control
Every child of God must understand and believe that God is in charge of their lives and that he loves them even when they go through difficult times. Jesus told us that not even one sparrow falls to the ground without God knowing about it and that we are of more value than the sparrow. Nothing happens to God’s children without God’s permission and knowledge.
However, God will cause your pain, mistakes, sins, hurt, and the devil’s plan to work for your good (Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.“). It is important to note that God’s purpose is more important than our pain and He will use whatever it takes to achieve His purpose in our lives.
God’s Purpose For Trials
God’s people must understand that things don’t just happen to God’s children haphazardly, without meaning and purpose. There is a purpose for everything that happens to a child of God.
- To conform us to the image of his son. Rom. 8:29, 1 Pet. 1:19, 2 Cor. 4:17, Rom. 8:18 says “ I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” The primary purpose of God for his children is for them to be moulded into the Christ. So that they can glorify God and demonstrate who Christ is to the world. The fire of trials and troubles are effective tools in removing the dross from our lives so as to remove what ought not to be in our attitude, character and actions.
- To draw us closer to himself. Psalms 66:10-12, Exodus 16:4 and Deut. 8:2-5. Isaiah 48:10 “See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.“
We learnt things about God in suffering that cannot be learnt any other way. God could have kept Joseph out of jail and Daniel out of the lion’s den but He did not. He uses those situations to build their characters, Trust, understanding, likeness of God, faith in God. God is interested in his people understanding him and relating to him on that basis. But we can’t be sure of what we believe unless those conviction are tested and tried in the furnace of affliction. Most times, we are not useful to God when our convictions are not strong and our lives are filled with lots of flaws.
- It forces us to depend on God. James 1:3-4 and also 2 Chr. 16:7. Trials produces steadfastness and patience in us. God’s original plan is for man to depend totally on Him and this brings him great joy. However, because the devil has corrupted God’s original design, there is a propensity in man to look to himself for selfsufficiency instead of God.