Food for thought…God uses your trials

Praising God in the storm

“Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” Acts 16:30

Sometimes we are going through a fiery trial or one of life’s crazy storms and we cant see the woods beyond the trees. We can’t imagine why we would be going through such a trial, and we cant see any good in it.  We’ve all been there.  Usually I start kicking and screaming and asking God why I am going through something like this.  I want to know the reason behind it.  Don’t you? A lot of times we cant see beyond the curve in the road, we cant see where its going or why, but God can and he is in complete control.

Sometimes our trials are used not only in our lives but in the lives of others.  You see, you are God’s representative in this world.  People will form their opinions about God based on what they see IN YOU! Most of the time they watch how you react to a hard situation, how you react to a trial.  They don’t really care how you react when its smooth sailing and or when they can see the blessings in your life.  No, they don’t care about that.  They care how you react when hard things come your way, and they will form their opinions about Christianity based on that.

Take Pauls life for example….In the book of Acts, Paul and Silas get thrown into prison for preaching the gospel.  Imagine your life right now, getting thrown into prison for preaching….what would you do? I’ll tell you what I would do…I’d be begging them to LET ME OUT!!! I’d be contacting everyone I know and complaining about my hardship, and I’d be kicking and fighting to get out. (realistically that is probably what I would be doing, I hate to admit it, but it’s true.) What did Paul do? Acts 16:25 tells us that at midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God.  What? They just got thrown into prison, and they are singing to the Lord? Why? Because they trusted that this trial was God’s will for them at the time, and so they praised Him in the storm.

Then there is a great earthquake and the doors of the prison were opened.  The Philippian jailer woke and saw the doors open and supposing the prisoners fled, he drew his sword to kill himself.  Paul tells him that they are all still there.  Then we see the jailer say “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” The jailer and all his household then get saved.

You see, God knows what He is doing.  He used the trial in Paul’s life to lead someone to Him.  This jailer saw Paul’s reactions in this trial that he was in, he saw that God was real in Paul’s life, and he wanted what Paul had.

Maybe the trial that you are in today is to lead someone else to Jesus.  You may be the only representation of Jesus that they will have.  I pray we can all represent Him faithfully, not only in the peaceful times, but in the storms as well.

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