Every one of us is waiting for certain breakthrough in life. We have dreams that fuel us to wake up and excite us to kiss the morning with a touch of positivity. We are driven by the anticipation that our petitions will be answered.
We will only know the strength of our faith once it has been tested.
We can attain spiritual growth through trials.
And we will only know the love of God once we have experienced it.
God is generous in giving us what we ask of Him. Sometimes, if not most of the time, He gives us even more than what we ask for. But if God is generous in giving us blessings, He is likewise generous in giving us challenges.
God gives us challenges because He wants to bless us immensely.
Challenges come before a huge blessing, because we need it. We need trials to build our character. We need trials to make us persevere and commit ourselves to our dreams. Sometimes, we need trials because what we are about to receive requires qualifications which we can only possess by going through and surpassing through some tests.
But why can’t we just receive blessings without the challenges? Well, sometimes, it goes in that kind of sequence because we are either being taught on how to value the blessings we are about to receive or we are just being equipped.
We cannot question God’s way of shaping us for our future. We can only follow His will and persevere, knowing that the plan of God is to prosper us.
Trial calls us to persevere. It is an invitation to make us a stronger and better person. And comes after trial is a fulfillment of a promise.
James 1:12 says, “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”
God knows what we can only endure. He only gives what we can bear. In terms of blessings, God can give us blessings more than what we can imagine. He is God. He makes things possible.
Remember that behind an avalanche of challenges awaits a huge victory we truly deserve.
And behind every delay is an opportunity to prepare us to grander blessings.
It is best to hope. But are we still able to hope in the midst of tribulation? When trial comes our way, do we still see the light at the end of the tunnel?
We need to hope and persevere during those times – before our blessings.
“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” [Isaiah 40:31]
And as we hope know that God is always true to His covenant.
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” [Hebrews 10:23]
We may not have the wisdom to understand everything at this moment, but know that in time we will find the reason why. It may not be clear yet, but know that all things work together for the good of those who love God. Everything has its reason and season. The time of God is neither late nor too early. It is always right and perfect.
What we can do is to praise Him while the blessing is still an anticipation.
Glorify Him as we hope.
And accept the challenge to persevere because we are meticulously chosen for that, because God knows WE CAN.
In time, God will exalt us and we will enjoy the very fruits of our labor.