It is not by chance that Christians go trough hardships and their faith is tested. It takes very hot oven to attain pure gold! It is the same with Christianity, God is not about theory, God wants to see our practice!
"Wherein you greatly rejoice, though only for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: that the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:"I Peter 1:6-8
How many times in our walk with Christ have we gone through trials and tribulations, how many times have we asked the question, "Why me? Why has God chosen me to go through such a hard time, such a temptation that it seems as I will not be able to get up and go on when it is over, because it seems like it has turned my whole life upside down?"
Well God gives people trials for basically one reason, to make that person grow in Him, to make that person grow in love, faith, willingness and dependence on God. If we take a look at the verses provided above, we will see something that might not seem very right. It says near the end that those people had faith; they believed in Christ, they love Christ, and they are rejoicing in Him.
So, why is it that they were going through such temptations, a trial of their faith? All we have to do is take a closer look and the answer to my question is right there. They were going through those temptations and trials so that their faith might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Christ. So what seems better to the reader, to go through life loving God, believing in Him and trying to worship Him, and then going to heaven? But maybe it is better to go through life loving God, believing in Him and trying to worship Him, having trials and tribulations along the way and then being found unto praise and glory and honor when we finally get to see our Savior.
God has a very good reason for putting us through trials, so maybe we can cut Him some slack and start going through those trials with flying colors instead of weeping every time things get tough.
"And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. "John 14:16-18
As we go through these terrible trials in life, and as we go through the tribulations that will ultimately help our faith and our spiritual strength grow, Christ did not just leave this earth and say that He was coming back after a while. He gave us something to helps us get through not only the good times, but He gave us something that helps us get through the bad times as well. The Holy Spirit does not just live in us because we are such great people, the Holy Spirit gives us the strength we need to get through those trials, so if you stop and think about it, it is not even our strength that is taking us through the tribulations and on to a triumphant end, it is the power of God.
So God allows the trial come along into our life, with the purpose of helping us grow in Him, and God also puts the strength in us, through the Holy Spirit, to overcome that trial. All we have to do is put our faith in the Lord and let God bring us through, not us!
It is sad to see Christians who fail to go through the hardships that come up in their Christian life, because they do not understand that they need to trust God to bring them through with His power, every time that man tries to go through a trial on his strength alone, be assured that he will fall.
We have to put ourselves in the hands of God and let Him lead us through life, because He is the Almighty and I think that it is time we started trusting Him.