QUESTIONS ONLY GOD CAN ANSWER
"WHY THE TRIALS, LORD?"
MAY 13, 1990
INTRODUCTION: There is a plaque that lays on my desk in
my study at home that states, "Tough times never last,
but tough people do." (Story behind the plague)
There have been times when I wondered if the tough times
would ever come to a finish. For my family 1989-1990 have
encountered some tough times. What has God been doing in
my life? Have you had some tough times? Are you living
in some tough times? What is God doing in your life?
I believe one of the most asked questions of all Christians
and even non-Christians is, "Why the trials, Lord?"
Please permit me to make two relevant statements in intro-
duction. One is a statement about you and one is a statement
(1) Trials work for you, not against you.
(2) God must work in you, before He works through
T.S.: In James 1:2-4 we discover the answer to our question
today, "Why the trials, Lord?" Allow me to answer this ques-
tion today by asking three very relevant questions:
1. WHAT IS A TRIAL?(1:2)
Exp: The word for trial in this passage is, "peirasmos."
The word means external difficulties or tempta-
tions. The root of the word means to examine,
to put to the proof. The overall meaning of
the word is, "external adversity."
*A trial is an adversity or difficulty you face in
App: The Bible states that you will "encounter various
trials." This means that trials are of many kind,
many colored, or many types.
There are three kinds of trials (external adversi-
ties, temptations, or difficulties) you will
face in your life:
(1) Cause and effect trials.(Gal. 6:7)
(2) Spiritual trials.(John 16:33 says, "In the
world you have tribulation.") These
trials come because of living godly.
(3) Mysterious trials.(Job) These trials seem
to happen without explanation, rational,
2. HOW SHOULD YOU FACE THE TRIALS OF YOUR LIFE?(1:2)
Exp: "Consider"-to re ...
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