WHERE DO TRIALS COME FROM?
To begin with, we must understand that God is sovereign over all things. Romans 11:33-36 “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counselor? Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all
things: to whom be glory forever. Amen. Colossians 1:16-17 “ For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers:
all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him, all things consist.”
Next, we must understand that God is not the author of sin! James 1:13-17 “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempts he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every
the perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”
So Where Do Trials Come From?
God either sends trials or He allows trials. He sends trials into the lives of unbelievers as either a form of judgment or to bring them to the place of repentance. Romans 1:18 “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;” The woman in Mark 8, who was caught in the act of adultery was humiliated and about to be stoned, Jesus intervened. Mark
8:10-11 “When Jesus had lifted up himself and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man
condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.” The first example was of
judgment and the second was to bring about repentance.
God allows trials to come into the lives of believers to correct us when we get off track. Hebrews 12:6-8 “For whom the Lord loves he chastens, and
scourges every son whom he receives. If ye endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chastens not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, …...” He also allows all the circumstances [good, bad, ugly] that come into our lives for our good and His glory and also to mold and shape us into the image of His Son, Jesus Christ. Romans 8:28-29 “And we know that all things work
together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son….” 1 Peter 1:7 “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perishes, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:”
Finally, the Bible tells us that both believers and unbelievers experience troubling trials. Matthew 5:45 “That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for He makes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good,
and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” Romans 8:22-23 “For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now. And not only they but ourselves also, which have the first fruits of the
Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.” Next time we will explore how we, as Christians should respond to troubling Trials.
Until Next Time
Pastor Emeritus Jim Thomas