Focusing on I or E in Trials Makes the Difference


By now, you know well-enough from experience that you will experience trials/hardships in life. In fact, they are consistently popping up in our life. People general say “this is happening for a reason”, but they are not able to qualify the trial/hardship beyond that generalization. For the believer, God wants you to know exactly why you are going through what you are going through. Whether the trail/hardship is of your own doing or not, God intends for our trials to produce the same result. What is that you may ask? If we sin, Hebrews 12:11 tells us “11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” If we didn’t sin, 1 Peter 1:6-7 tells us “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” 1 Peter 4:12-13 says, “12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.”

So, there you have it. Whether you sin or not, discipline/trials/hardships are designed to make us more like Christ. What prevents us from from becoming like Christ is Focusing on I or E in Trials Makes the Difference. The “I” represents when you focus on the immediate situation which means you are looking at yourself. You are the focus in a trial or hardship. When we are the focus and not God, God calls that idolatry. When we are in that situation, 1 Corinthians 10:13-14 tell us how we should respond. “13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. 14 Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry.” God expects us to flee from Idolatry.

The “E” represents focusing on the eternal. When we are in a situation, we must remember what 2 Peter 2:9 says, “if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment, while continuing their punishment.” We should surmise that trials/hardships/suffering are God’s crucible to refine our faith and to fashion our character into qualities like Jesus. After all, a Christian is Christ-like. “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:2-4.

We must see that Focusing on I or E in Trials Makes the Difference  in whether we will be bItter or bEtter. If you want to be bEtter, you must focus on the eternal; you must focus on Christ in the midst of a hardship/trial or suffering.

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