Is overcoming life’s trials possible? What is the purpose of tribulations? Yes, God helps you to overcome life’s trials, and there is purpose in pain, but it might not be what you think, and it can be difficult to see at the time.
Romans 8:28 is a verse many Christians are familiar with…
- “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.”
In a trial, you might ask, “Really, all things work together for good?” According to God’s Word, yes—all things. But how? By the power of God’s divine nature to redeem and heal in any circumstance according to His will.
The Purpose of Life’s Trials
If you ask 10 people what the purpose of a trial is, you’d likely get a variety of answers, from teaching us lessons to there being no point at all. However, as Christians, we know that going through and overcoming life’s trials isn’t just about us but is also about God and others.
Ourselves and Others
Does God redeem the scars we have from going through trials? Absolutely! We can have hope because God is in the business of multiplication. Redeeming and overcoming life’s trials doesn’t just impact us as we walk through them. A ripple effect flows out and allows others to find healing too.
Remember, Romans 8:28 says he uses “all.” He wastes nothing and will multiply any circumstance or trial to have a greater impact. This is the perspective He wants us to have as we are overcoming life’s trials.
- To Give God the Glory
“I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; the humble shall hear of it and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together. I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”—Psalm 34:1-4 (emphasis added)
In a trial, you experience opposition. You are faced with a choice, to give in to the opposing force or to stand firm and trust in God. Trusting and praising God for what He is doing and will do through the trial glorifies Him. And, as God’s Word says, this is our purpose (see Ecclesiastes 12:13, 1 Corinthians 10:31).
- To Test Your Faith
“In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.”—1 Peter 1:6-7 (emphasis added)
There will be grief in trials, but this grieving has a purpose—to display the enduring quality of your faith. Even as you grieve, you can “greatly rejoice” as you are overcoming life’s trials because it shows your faith’s sincerity, strength, and purity.
- To Bring God’s Comfort to Others
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ. Now if we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effective for enduring the same sufferings which we also suffer. Or if we are comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. And our hope for you is steadfast, because we know that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so also you will partake of the consolation.”—2 Corinthians 1:3-7 (emphasis added)
Overcoming life’s trials allows you to receive comfort from God and equips you to bring that same comfort to others. God wants to use the scars you received through trials to tell the story of His healing, strength, help, and power.
7 Bible Verses to Remember When Overcoming Life’s Trials
During trials, we must remember, meditate on, speak, and pray God’s promises. Here are 7 verses you can do that with…
- Isaiah 30:20-21
“And though the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your teachers will not be moved into a corner anymore, but your eyes shall see your teachers. Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left.”
- Isaiah 43:2
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.”
- James 1:2-4
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”
- James 1:12
“Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.”
- John 16:33
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
- Matthew 7:24-25
“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.”
- Romans 5:3-5
“And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
God redeems your pain and suffering for a greater and glorious good. There is purpose in trials, though it is difficult to see it at the time.
He will use your trial to…
- Glorify Himself
- Test your faith
- Bring comfort to others
In the midst of life’s trials, find comfort in God’s promises and Word. Remember, speak, and pray the verses above and trust in the One who has already conquered the opposing forces against you!