By: Gary L. Rodgers


Trials and troubles there is no escaping them. Why do we sometimes go through so much? The  Lord allowed me to go through a tough time recently and through that I have leaned to keep my eyes on Him and be on the watch for the good that may come.  And the good did come.


Wouldn’t it be great if everything went just perfect for all of us? Imagine; no more pain, no more sickness, no more struggles and hardships. No problems! For those of us that have put our complete faith and trust in Christ we will someday experience all of this, but not in this present time frame. Our real joy is just ahead of us, sometimes it feels so close that I almost imagine that I can reach out and touch it.


But why do we have to go through all of this? Is there any good that can come from it? Yes! There is a lot of good that can come from the trials that we face. Imagine if you will what life would be like if we never faced another problem in our lives. Beautiful thought isn’t it? Well what if it was that way, would we pray as much, would we rejoice in the Lord as much, would we call on Him as much? How many of us have gone through a terrible time in our lives and have said Lord if you will just deliver me from this situation I will tell everyone how great you were to me and I would spend the rest of my life serving you and being the person that you want me to be.  Or, Lord please deliver me from this and I will never do it again! Lord if you help me I promise that I will yada, yada, yada. How many broken promises have we made to the Lord?  I know that I have broken my share.  When things are going great don’t many of us have a tendency to ease up on our prayer life and daily devotions? But when we are in the thick of it, my how we pray and search the scriptures for direction. I like what I heard a preacher recently say about being in these trials and troubles. He said that we need to be just like the little tea-pot that sings its best tune when it is up to its neck in hot water. How true that is.

During my trial I wanted so much to be healed and delivered from all of the pain and suffering that I was going through. All I could think of was how long is this going to last. Is there any end to it? Will it soon be over? All I could see was the immediate circumstance. I couldn’t see the two souls that God had planned for me to witness to. I couldn’t see the edge of the fiery pit that these two people were delivered from.  All I knew was that I wanted to be delivered from all this pain and suffering.


After my initial operation for a shoulder replacement I came home two days later with absolutely no pain and discomfort, I felt great. I had no pain for fifteen days. It wasn’t until after this that I went through so much.

I was looking at my immediate need, but the Lord was looking at the big picture. What if these two people had faced a Christless eternity because no one shared the gospel with them? All of my pain and suffering would have been but a mosquito bite by comparison to what they would have felt. But praise God a miracle happened and these two people were transformed into a child of God. We need to get this idea out of our heads that everything is going to be peaches and cream for us because we belong to the Lord. The Apostle Paul faced prison, shipwreck and being stoned for the cause of Christ. Yet through it all he kept his eye on the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:14) Look at what has happened because of the sufferings that he went through. Paul went on and won many to Christ and down through the centuries, how many after reading the writings of Paul and through the conviction of the Holy Spirit have come to confess their sins and acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord. Have we not read in scripture where it says “For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake; (Philippians 1:29)


None of us enjoy suffering and pain, and when we go through it that doesn’t necessarily mean that we are being chastened for some wrong doing. Sometimes we go through this to further the ministry of the gospel so that others will come to know him. In 1 Peter 4: 12 and 13 we read “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 13But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

No, I didn’t enjoy what I was going through at the time, but as I look back at the big picture that the Lord had in mind I can rejoice over the outcome and praise Him for it all.  I believe that initially this started out as an attack from Satan, but God in His infinite wisdom and great love for each of us, turned a nightmare into a moment of glory for Him. Praise His wonderful name!


It is my hope to encourage those of you that are saved and going through so much to keep pressing forward. Soon it will all be over and we will find ourselves in the presence of the Lord forever. It will be worth it all when we see Jesus.


If you are not a born again believer in Christ then I wish to invite you to come into his presence through prayer, trusting Him to save you and deliver you from a Christless eternity in a terrifying place called Hell. I invite you to bow your head with a humble spirit and follow along in this simple prayer.

Dear Jesus, I know what sin is, and I know that I am a sinner. I ask that you would please forgive me and wash away all of my sin with the blood that you shed for me. Please send the Holy Spirit to come too live in my heart to teach me and guide me in righteousness. I know that you personally died for me, and that you were buried in a tomb and rose from the dead for me. I believe that you are now seated at the right hand of the Father in Heaven. I put my complete trust in you alone as my Lord and Savior and I am trusting in you only to get me to Heaven. In your Holy and Precious Name I pray. Amen!

If you made a decision to pray and ask Christ to forgive you, and to wash away all of your sin with His blood, and to come into your heart to be your Savior, then we praise God for you.

Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

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