sermonette: Day By Day
God's Faithfulness in Our Trials
Given 28-Nov-15; Sermon #1297s; 21 minutes
Clyde Finklea, acknowledging that life is full of good and bad times, directs us to learn the lesson of Ecclesiastes 7:13-14, to rejoice when times are good and to reflect soberly when times are bad, realizing that adversity or suffering is a tool that God uses to create something beautiful in us. Suffering always hurts, just as renovation on an old building involves tearing out something undesirable to transform it into something pleasant and useful.. The apostle Paul developed incredible spiritual strength by being tested to his limits in what he described as a trial or affliction beyond his capability of handling. Later he developed confidence to shake off a poisonous serpent, trusting in God to heal him. What he had earlier described as "burdened beyond our capacity" he later characterized as a momentary light affliction. To mature us, God uses trials to (1) render us capable of comforting others in their affliction, (2) prevent us from trusting in ourselves, but to motivate us to trust unconditionally in God, and (3) enable us to thank God for our newly acquired strength to endure greater trials and challenges. Whatever we face, God is able to provide us the strength to endure, enabling us to exponentially grow spiritually.
Ecclesiastes 7:13-14 God's purpose for trials Paul shaking off a poisonous serpent Paul's trial in a shipwreck Renewing day by day Renovations Romans 12:2 Sanders II Corinthians 1:8-9; 4:8-9 Spiritual Leadership Suffering Times of adversity Trials 'beyond our capacity' 1250 days Two witnesses prophecy