1 Peter 5:8-9 (NLT)
Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your family of believers all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are.
Trials are very real in our lives. Sometimes, it is a challenge to deal with those trials and endure those trials in a way that seems to bring benefit to our lives. We never see the end result at the beginning which is why far too many people give up on their faith. It is important to understand that as we endure difficulties and trouble in life, our enemy is not God; it is the devil.
The devil seeks to destroy us and crush our hope and faith in Christ. This is why we must be aware of what we allow to enter our hearts and our minds. Much of the negative things that cross our paths come from the workings of the devil as he aims to get us off track. Some people want to blame God for everything bad that happens in their life. In reality, God is not to blame. Yes, He allows some things to happen in our lives to make His power known, to teach us a lesson, or to prepare us for some greater work or blessing. But it is the devil who seeks to destroy.
God is the God of love, grace, joy, and opportunity. He wants to see us wholeheartedly follow His good and perfect will. Nothing delights His heart more than to see His children passionately fulfilling their purpose for His glory. Going through difficult times is an inevitable part of the believer’s life. God wants us to embrace the fact that suffering and pain will be part of our lives. It is in these times that He wants us to resist the devil and hold fast to our faith.
And remember this: our trials and times of suffering are not unique to us. Everybody in the world is going through the same thing. Every single person in the world goes through periods of pain, heartbreak, darkness, and misunderstanding. There are moments when we all ask “Why?” and shutter at the distinct response of silence. It’s all part of the human experience.
Jesus had His time of trial and suffering too. Why shouldn’t we? In our trials, we know that the devil aims to discourage and destroy. But we can take comfort in the fact that God aims to strengthen and give life. Sometimes, the surest route to abundant life is through the bypass of trials and trouble. Don’t give credit to the devil, but don’t underestimate the lessons God’s trying to teach you.
“Be thankful for your trials. If you’re being tested, you’re being perfected. Which means you have a divine purpose and reason to rejoice.”