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WHY DOES GOD ALLOW TRIALS?

TEXT:  James 1:2-4;12 (First Chapter)

INTRODUCTION:

 

A.        THE CAUSE OF TRIALS

1. Sometimes they come from God.

 

2.  Sometimes TRIALS are a frontal attack from Satan himself.

 

3. Sometimes TRIALS are a result of our own sin, poor judgment and stupidity.

a.         I think of Adam and Eve.

b.         Sin brings consequences.

c.         Jonah ... you talk about a man with trials!

d.         I think of David ... David blew it on a number of occasions but perhaps the greatest and infamous of all of his sins was when he sinned with Bathsheba and then covered the sin by having her husband killed.

Summary:

1.  Some are allowed by God,

2.  Some come from Satan, and ..

3.  Some come from our own sin and our own stupidity and   our own poor judgment.

 

Now I hope you have your pen's ready, quickly ... I'm going to give you some answers from the Word of God. We won't cover all the reasons in scripture ... but we'll hit the ones we can in the time we have.

B.         TWO REASONS FOR TRIALS

1. TRIALS DEVELOP CHRISTIAN CHARACTER - IN US

Dear ones, I want to say this a clearly as I can. The Christian Life is not about deliverance from the trial! Its about completing the course that is set out before YOU, enduring the obstacles ... finishing the race... being hammered into what God wants YOU to be ...So that God can refine YOU so that he can use YOU for his GREATER purpose.

ILL:

 

Paul said this about his trials ...For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen, for what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Cor 4:17

Peter said in I Peter 4:12 ... I know you've read it ... Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you, but rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ ...watch this now ... so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.

2. TRIALS COME TO PREPARE US FOR GREATER THINGS.

 

for it taught me to pay attention to your principles.

 

C.        OUR RESPONSE TO TRIALS   -  Conclusion