For we are God’s masterpiece, created in the Messiah Jesus to perform good actions that God prepared long ago to be our way of life. – Ephesians 2:10 (ISV)
And we know that for those who love God, that is, for those who are called according to his purpose, all things are working together for good. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that the Son might be the firstborn among many brothers. – Romans 8:28-29 (ISV)
Do you feel that your life has been a compilation of tests? You may be wondering if this will ever end. As you look back, you may notice that there is a common tread throughout. It may be a different scenario but typically it is always in line with the same theme. Perhaps for you, the seemingly endless trials involve finances or emotional wounds or severed relationships.
One thing is certain is that every living being was created by God to carry out a very specific assignment. Our individual purpose for existence was woven into our DNA so that every detail about our being is on point to carry out that assignment. Furthermore, the things that we go through has more to do with fulfilling our calling. God is not picking on us or abandoning us when we go through trials. He trusts us with the trials and has pre-planned our success over them. The succession of victories over our tests is what yields an effective testimony.
The truth of the matter is that the Word states that while we are residents on this earth we will have troubles. The encouraging news is that those trials don’t have to be endured in vain. We don’t have to allow them to go to waste. Come to think about it, if we have to go through them anyway, why not allow them to be used in a positive way for the overall good of humanity and in a way that points people to Jesus.
Lord, thank You for allowing me to play a role in the overall work that You’re doing on this earth. As I endure hardship, help me to remember that my victory over trials is making an eternal difference in the lives of so many, some of whom I may never be made aware of on this side of heaven.