In January, my son caught a cold and developed croup, that terrible barky cough kids can get. I tried the usual home remedies, but he woke up in the middle of the night with the same awful cough and in an absolute state of panic. I decided to take him to the emergency department, leaving my husband to stay with my sleeping daughter. On my drive there, shaking with a primal motherhood fear and hearing him wheezing in the backseat, I prayed out loud, “God, this is your child. He is more your child than he is mine, and I pray that you will take care of him. I give my child to you.” I instantly felt a calmness come over me, and I knew God had his hand on this.
My son’s oxygen levels were pretty low, so they gave him medication that got him through it. Even as we waited for what seemed like forever in the ER, I felt grateful for the trial. It felt so counterintuitive, since I would never ask for something to happen to my child, but ultimately my husband and I both grew in our faith and experienced a renewed closeness as a family and with God. That trial forced me to put all my dependence on God, letting go of all of my false sense of control.
1 Peter 1:6-9
6 So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. 7 These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold — though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.
8 You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. 9 The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls.
God can use a trial to show us where growth is needed. He also uses trials to bring us closer to him, showing us that he is all we actually have. He does not promise to get rid of our trials every time, but he delivers us from sin, promising an eternity with him.
Have you ever gone through a trial that revealed something about your faith? What did you learn from it?
Can you think of a trial that has strengthened your faith and drawn you closer to God?
Are you experiencing a trial right now? How can you begin to trust God with it?
As we continue through 1 Peter this week, we focus on 1 Peter 4 today.
Feel free to simply read through the chapter. Or, you can listen to it through the StreetLights Bible. Download their app or visit them online at http://www.streetlightsbible.com.
Dear God, I am thankful for trials, knowing that you use them to grow us and bring us closer to you. Through trials, we can get a health report of our faith, revealing the weak points and the strengths. If I’m honest, when things are going well, I dread trials. But when I am in the midst of a trial, I am grateful for your comfort and the knowledge that you are working on my heart. Help us to remember that our faith is not based on what we see, but on who you are. And you are always good. Amen.
This post was written by Ashlee Grosjean. Ashlee is a former nurse who is now embracing her role as a stay-at-home mom. She is married and has a daughter and a son. She loves writing for this team, and feels she grows a great deal through writing and listening for the Holy Spirit’s guidance. She hopes to help convey God’s message through this study.
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