What A Man Says
Posted: November 13, 2021
Author: Christopher Brock
1 Peter 1:7, New Living Translation
“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.”
Why do bad things happen? Many of us have heard this question asked, and it is also likely that at some point in our lives we have even asked it ourselves. In fact, many times we have heard these versions of that question: “Why do bad things happen to good people?” and “If God is real, then why does He allow people to suffer?” There are some long, deep discussions that can be held on these questions, but there is one thing that I believe we can all agree on: when a person is facing a great trial and difficulty, it will bring out who they really are. When things are going smoothly and everything is under control in a person’s life, it is easy for that person to sit back and make statements about how mature they are and how much they know about managing their life. But, it is when that person is under pressure that we will see the truth.
When a person truly knows who God is and truly knows Jesus as their Lord and Savior, there will be a noticable difference when they face trials and challenges. It won’t simply come down to having confidence or experience, but instead there will be an inner peace that is not easily shaken. The more trouble they face, the more they will rely on Christ and His provision. They will have a peace that surpasses all understanding because they know the truth: that God is in control, and He has the best plan for their lives.
I can say that I have learned this truth in my life, but I am still learning more. At one point in my life, I had come to the end of my ability. I had given it my all, and yet my life had turned into a total mess. I realized that I did not have what it takes, and I understood that if I kept trying to make it on my own, I would only end up in more failure and disappointment. I went down on my knees and surrendered my will to the Lord. I experienced the peace that surpasses all understanding, and I began to see the Lord do things in my life that I would have never dreamed were possible. His plan is truly the best, and I continue to experience it more and more each day as I continue to let go of what I think is best and instead allow the Lord to show me what is best.
What about you today? Are you holding on to your own skills and abilities? Do you believe that you are smart enough and good enough to do it your way? I want to tell you that no matter what you do, any plan made apart from Jesus will end up with you failing. You may end up gaining everything that the world tells you will make you happy, but, at the end of the day, you will be lonely, unfulfilled, and sad. Choose Christ today and submit to Him!