Reasons for Enduring Trials

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When trials hit, we can do one of two things concerning our faithfulness to God: give up, or continue on. Paul knew what it was like. In fact many times in trials, he felt like he was between a rock and a hard place (2 Cor. 4:8), yet he continued remaining faithful to God. I believe that in verses 14-15 in the same chapter he gives us three reasons to endure trials.

He knew that trials, and even death, would not rob him of the crown of life. “…knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus, and will present us with you.” (v.14)

He realized that surviving his hardships were influencing others toward Christ. “For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many,” (v.15a)

He was aware that He was glorifying God in enduring adversity. “…may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.” (v.15b)

Yes, enduring trials can be good for us and others. So when trials hit, hang in there and keep praising God!

Edd Sterchi
Broadway church of Christ
Campbellsville, KY

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