Through faith we conquer many things. However, we cannot only have faith to take possession of blessings. We must also have faith to face trials, tribulations, deal with losses and go through deserts.
Many are those who have faith to win but not to lose. They have faith in God as long as everything is favourable, but when things are not going their way, they throw in the towel and even turn their backs on Him. But the truth is that sometimes we must face trials that are important. These trials may be unpleasant but they are necessary and we must have faith to face them.
The problem is that when situations occur, some people curse God and throw themselves into the “arms of the world”, forgetting that God wants to use the situation to teach them. And it’s exactly in moment of trials that the devil comes. He tells us “God has abandoned us, God is not with us.” This is why we must be careful in moments of tribulations not to listen to external voices. Remember Job? In a moment of spiritual fragility, his wife spoke and tried to take him off track. But what was Job’s reaction when he suffered losses? He trusted in God and this is how we must be (see Job Ch 2).
We can’t forget that God allows us to face losses and although we may not understand, He wants what is best for us. We often don’t realise that sometimes through these losses, He sets us free from potential disasters that could have impacted our salvation severely. For instance, the loss of a relationship, job, friendship, etc.
Although it’s not easy, it’s in these moments of tribulations that we develop spiritual maturity. Without maturity, we will never understand that God tests our faith and we won’t learn how to deal with the situations of life. As the Apostle Paul teaches: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28).
Whatever situation you may be facing right now, remember that the best university in this world is the desert university for this is where we will bear much fruit, develop understanding, add to our faith and glorify God.
“And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.” (Romans 5:3 – 4).