Never Compromise Faith
Why does God allow us to suffer through trials?
What does experiencing these tribulations teach us? And how does Christ’s example teach us to deal with our trials and suffering? There are natural consequences (some good, some bad) for the choices we make. God loves us and knows what is best for us, He has provided us His laws which is to give us eternal peace and the way of a loving heart through Jesus Christ; but because of our sinful heart we go against God, and have a tendency to do what we think is right in our own eyes, it has been this way since the beginning. Deuteronomy 12:8 states “Ye shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, every man whatsoever is right in his own eyes.” God want us to focus our attention and believe on His righteousness, and that His word of grace encourages us to continue in faith, for it tells us that He is able to strengthen us until the end of our lives; for the race of life is run by faith and won by grace. God’s laws is not flawed, only through the love of His laws (through spiritual understanding of His Ten Commandments) can we learn the true values of life, for His laws define love and right from wrong. Acts 20:32 “And now brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance amoug all them which are sanctified.”
At times does your attitude, when something goes wrong in your life, is of panic or worry on how you could fix the situation, or did your attitude become one of submission and reliance on God to handle whatever it is, no matter the outcome. Do you try to learn a lesson from the experience and look to God for the answer? We should never doubt that God can and will work things out for our benefit. When things look inescapable God see the way out. “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13. It’s up to you to trust that He will guide you there. We cannot compromise in our trials to make things come about the way we want them to. Only trusting in God to work our problems out can there be the best outcome. The answeres to our trials never look easy, but our ultimate lesson is to trust God to handle everything. Stay the course. Continue on the right path, because God promises to deliver you. All things work together for good, to those who love and keep His word.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made with things which do appear.” Hebrews 11:1,3. Here are some examples in Hebrews 11 of how faith was seen through obdience and trusting in His word: (v7) “By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved to prepare an ark to the saving of his house; by the which God condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.” Now Noah was 100 years in building the ark without seeing any storm clouds during that time, for it had not rain on the earth (Genesis 2:5-6). (Noah’s age was 500 years before the ark (Genesis 5:32) and 600 years of age entering the ark (Genesis7:6)). What a great example of endurance of faith.
Let’s look at Abraham and Sarah. Hebrews 11:8,11 “By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.” “Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.” Lets look a little close at Abraham. We see God visited Abraham a few years after the birth of his son Isaac and requested for him to take his son whom he loved and offer him as a sacrifice. I am quite sure this had to be very painful, but Abraham was obedient to God’s request. But take note of what Abraham said to his servants, in the land of Moriah, the place for the sacrifice. “And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.” (Genesis 22:5). Abraham knew that God would provide a lamb for the burnt offering. “And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.” (Genesis 22:8). Now God did stop Abraham as he was about to slay his son, for God saw that Abraham feared (honor or reverence) him, and God did provide a ram for the sacrifice. What faith!
God’s entire plan of salvation is message centered on who and what God is and the purpose he is working out through humanity. The fulfilment of this purpose for each of us rests on our willingness to trust in God through Jesus Christ. A dynamic faith is always accompanied by active obedience to the word of God. Acting in faith brings faith to life! Living faith and trust is active obedience, which is spiritual to love. Use now what God has given you and count not its worth as small. God does not ask of you great things, just faithfulness in His love.
Read Daniel 3 to see how God delivered the three Hebrew servants, Hananiah (Shadrach), Mishael (Meshach) and Azariah (Abednego) from a burning furnace. Because of their faithulness and love for God, they refused to serve the Babylon gods, Their reply was: “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. “But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” (Daniel 3:16-18)
Having faith does not always have good consequences, but by faith we “fight the good fight” because it is the righteousness of God. We do it because God has promised us His blessings and a future after death, and not because we know exactly what the consequences will be in this life. In these troubling and stressful times let us, with deligence and heartfelt obedience, have hope in God and His word. God is worth living for. “But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.” Acts 20:24
“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32:27)