In my last post, I shared the first of three things you must do to triumph in trials –

You must keep praying no matter what!

Before I share the second thing you must do, I want to explain something that is critically important to understanding how God responds to us in our trials.

So often when you are believing God for something really important, and it doesn’t happen, you can feel discouraged, disappointed, and defeated. But understanding the three ways that God brings deliverance will be a huge help! God brings deliverance:

  • From the Trial

  • In the Trial, and

  • Through the Trial

Sometimes God delivers us from a trial in that He stops it from ever touching us. That’s the kind of deliverance we all love! And there is plenty of Biblical precedent for it.

Other times He delivers us in the trial.  That is, when it’s the darkest, God brings you out! (Think the three Hebrew boys in the fire – Daniel chapter 3)

And finally, sometimes your deliverance will come as He walks with you through the fire, water, or valley, with many rewards on the other side! (Think Psalm 23)

Without this understanding, when you are in the middle of a trial you can be confused, angry, sad, and even hopeless. But if you realize God is with you, and active, in and through the trial (which is what these posts are about) your hope will be restored!

With that being said, let’s now look at the second thing that will help you triumph in a trial:

  1. Keep believing in the goodness of God.

The truth is, God always turns what the enemy means for evil into something good. You just have to look for it…or wait for it.

Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

Psalm 37:13, 14 “I would have lost heart unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord, be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart. Wait, I say, on the Lord!”

Do…not…lose…heart! God’s goodness will reveal itself – eventually.

But, what should you do in the meantime?

The most powerful thing you can do is to turn your “why?” into “what?”.

What does that mean? While you are waiting on the Lord’s deliverance, rather than wallowing in the question, “Why is this happening?”, which may never be answered, change from being a victim to a victor by asking a much better question, “What do you want me to do?” That’s a question God will always answer, and it will empower you. It will also inspire those around you as they see you triumphing through your trial!

One of the best examples of this in the Bible is found in 1 Samuel chapter 30. (You should read the entire chapter. It is amazing).

But the cliff notes are – while David was doing his best to follow God’s will for his life, his town was burnt to the ground, and everyone’s wives and children were kidnapped.  The Bible tells us that they were so distraught that they “lifted up their voices and wept until they had no more power to weep.”

Have you ever done that – wept till you had nothing left? I have. It is beyond description. It leaves you numb. You feel like you will never recover. But it gets even worse for David – his own soldiers were talking about killing him. So now David is grieving the loss of his family, his home, his town, his leadership has lost all credibility, and his life is being threatened. He is all alone.

Have you ever been all alone? I’m sure you have. We all have. But what did you do in that place? That is the question.

What you choose to do when you are at the end of your rope will determine what happens next.

Do you know what David did? He did not ask, “Why?”, but, “What?” Let’s read:

“David inquired of the Lord saying, ‘Shall I pursue this troop? Shall overtake them?’ And He answered him, ‘Pursue! For you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.’” 1 Samuel 30:6-8

And that’s exactly what he did – and he recovered all! Oh, and by the way, the next day things turned around 180 degrees for David, and he became the king of Israel.

You never know when your breakthrough will come, but what you can know is that the way you overcome in the trial will determine your outcome of the trial.

David did not lose his belief in the goodness of God, even when a lot of bad things were happening to him. That is how he found his, “What?”.

What is your what?

John

P.S. I can’t think of anyone who does this better than my wife. For those of you who would like to keep updated on Hope’s progress, you can visit her blog at:  https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/hopeettore

For those of you who would like to know how to help those going through a difficult trial, you can go to the same link and check out her October 3rd post “How Can I Help?”