“What seems to you like a pointless or even painful ‘waiting room’ may be God’s most productive workroom.”
There are many scenarios with the same type of uncertainty, yet through them many have learned great spiritual lessons. James says of trials:
James 1:2-4 “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers trials; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith works patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”
Trials have their benefits.
There is another aspect, though, that I would like you to consider, one that I have pondered during this last holyday season. The lesson is this: yes, we can have joy through our trials knowing God will perfect in us what we lack spiritually, but also at times our trials can be a major learning avenue in perfecting others who are close to us. In essence, our trial can become a sacrifice of love for a greater spiritual lessons learned by those around us. If you had the choice, would you willingly go through your sorest trial again as a sacrifice for someone elses spiritual learning? Christ knew what was going to happen to him and He willingly went through it. Many understand the pain of watching someone they love suffer. It is even harder than going through it yourself. How many times have we said, “Please Lord, take me in place of them?”
Have you grown from these experiences in your life? There are deep lessons learned by those who surround us during our trials. Learning to sacrifice for another person is a vitally important aspect of Christ’s love. Learning and practicing empathy, learning how to comfort, learning patience are all things that others can learn as you patiently wait for your healing or relief from some sore trial. Those around you learn to go before God on their knees daily; whereas they may have been slipping in their spiritual relationship with the Father and Christ, they are now motivated by their concern for you. Others are being tested by God to see where they stand as to their commitment to Christ’s instructions.
See the parable below:
Matthew 25:31-40 “When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory. And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.
What did He do to those who didn’t do these things?
Matthew 25:41 “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.”
In conclusion, as women of God, we go through many trials, some longstanding. We go before God and ask Him what lessons we are to learn personally; but let’s also keep in mind that going through a trial may help others that they too might spiritually benefit and all draw closer to God. God’s word tells us that “ALL things work to the good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 Ask of God to give you the vision that you might find joy by knowing through your trials, if you are yielded to Him, you will be greatly blessed and most importantly that it may be a blessing to others.
Let’s willingly and gladly be that tool for God in building up His family. Let our trials become our sacrifice for others.