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TESTS AND TRIALS OF A RIGHTEOUS MAN
By Timothy Thompson
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Do the righteous suffer? Does our faith in Jesus Christ exempt us from affliction in this world? Why do the upright face so many tests and trials?

These are questions we have all probably asked ourselves from time to time, questions that are a mystery to the believer, and a source of mockery for the skeptics. It is unfortunate that many evangelize with stated or implied false promises that accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior exempt us from the trials and troubles of this life. When the new believers finally realize that is not the case, sometimes their Faith can be severely shaken.

And yet the word of God answers by pointing out that in fact, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous but the Lord delivers from them all” ~Psalm 34:19

According to God’s word, our afflictions seem to be a lot more compared to the unbelievers. Why is it so? A simple reason is that we are not of this world, this is not home for us, and therefore, we will live in discomfort while we’re still here. Because of the presence of sin in the world, evil continues to spread all across the globe, and the consequences of sin lead to a lot of afflictions and suffering, especially for the righteous. However, the Lord promises to deliver us from all those troubles.


Jesus continued to assure His disciples, “These things I have spoken to you, that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world”~John 16:33

Jesus didn’t say that we might have tribulation, he said we would. He knew that because of sin in the world, we would go through many trials in life. However, He assured us His peace and urged us to be joyful even in afflictions for He has overcome the world.

“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 work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing” ~James 1:2-4

As followers of Jesus Christ, we will surely fall into various trials in the world. But God’s word encourages us to see those seasons as opportunities to rejoice because the testing of our Faith is not in vain.

Tests and trials remind us to wait on God patiently; they come to refine our trust in God and to strengthen our complete dependence on God. Through all kinds of suffering, pain, and afflictions, we have an opportunity to be Christ-like and bear good fruit in all circumstances.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering, Kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such, there is no law.” ~Galatians 5:22-23

The trials we go through cannot destroy us when Christ is our Lord and Savior; they only make us stronger as they provide opportunities to overcome by the blood of Jesus Christ.

The Bible talks of a righteous and upright man who went through so many trials and tests but still overcame, and his name was Job.

“There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil” ~Job 1:1


Job was a man who walked with God. He walked uprightly before the Lord, shunning all evil and fearing the Lord. But one day as the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, Satan also came among them and asked God for permission to strike Job, claiming that the only reason Job was devoted to God was because the Lord had blessed Job in many ways.

It is important to note that God was not the source of Job’s suffering. It was all the initiative of the enemy, but God allowed it to happen because He knew that in His Love and Kindness, He would help Job to stand.


Job lost all his children, his livestock, his servants, and later his health. His friends were quick to come up with reasons why God was punishing Job. After all, how can a righteous man have so much misfortune? Surely he must have sinned against God? They suggested that maybe he had stolen from people or did not feed the hungry, and they urged him to repent.

Despite the words of his friends and wife who told him to curse God, Job said, “Though He slays me, I will still trust God” ~Job 13:15


Job did not waver in his trust in God. Throughout his trial, Job was a righteous man and did not judge God foolishly. Even righteous men are tested and go through trials, but salvation is assured. The question is, will we still stand firm in our Faith and trust in God in the face of trials?

Job knew that his redeemer lives (Job 19:25) and that He would rescue him. And God did exactly that. God redeemed Job in ways that were beyond his wildest imagination. God redeemed Job’s family, giving him ten children, his reputation among the friends that had wrongfully judged him was restored, and the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. The Bible even records that the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning.

Many missionaries give their time to help those in need and share the good news of God’s love for them. It is a wonderful way to create a bond and show them the genuine care of our heavenly Father. It is easy to simply say that you love someone, but are you willing to help when they need it?

While on the field doing the work of Charity, they face many tests and trials. However, none of their sufferings is in vain. For even the Bible urges us to abide in Faith, hope, and charity, these three; but the greatest of these is a charity (1 Corinthians 13:13) which is shortly followed by 1 Corinthians 16:14, “Let all things be done with charity.”

In these last days, as prophecy after prophecy is being fulfilled, and as we eagerly wait for the second coming of our Lord, believers will continue to experience suffering, especially for the sake of the Gospel. The word of God, however, has encouragement for us.

“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy, the devil, prowls around like a lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the Faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.” ~1 Peter 5:8-11

One way we can remain alert and sober is in the place of prayer. As we stay connected to the lover of our soul, the tests and trials of this world will not shake our Faith. The suffering we face in this world will dim in comparison to His marvelous and glorious presence. By His grace, we will be able to stand firm in His word even when afflictions come, and we will face them with joy because we know that salvation is ours in Christ Jesus.

I hope that you always know that God is right there with you in every season of your life. He loves you dearly, and He is concerned about every detail of your life. Seek Him daily in studying His word and spending time with Him in prayer. He loves to hear your voice. He does. God Bless You as you continue to dwell in His sweet presence.

 
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