Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
I’ve witnessed men who I thought were strong become completely helpless in the face of trials. I’ve watched as they did everything in their power to create their own outcome, circumventing reliance on God’s strength and potentially experiencing whatever blessings God may have prepared for them. I’ve also watched as they fell away from Jesus with feelings that these trials were His fault.
Free will allows for some of the most negative outcomes to occur, but make no mistake, God does not throw chaos and strife into the mix so He can watch us suffer. We do that on our own. When trials come, place your whole trust in God’s strength to overcome them and reap the blessings God has waiting on the other side!