Going through a very lengthy trial recently, I decided to read the book of Job. Wow! It seems like I could finally understand more about this book since I am going through a huge health trial…among other things. So I will be quoting the book of Job frequently in this article.
We all go through trials. It is part of our purification process to grow, to learn, to be refined, to draw closer to our Father in heaven, and to be more dependent on Him. Some trials are small in nature and length so maybe we get the lesson right away and that is all that Yahweh needs to do to show us to change. Other trials may be longer and more difficult, challenging our endurance, strength, and trust in the Almighty. Either way, they are all for your good.
I will say to Eloah, Do not condemn me; make me know why You contend with me. (Job 10:2)
Are trials difficult? Absolutely!
I was at ease, but He has shattered me; yea, He has also seized my neck and broken me to bits; and He has set me up as a target for Him. His archers surround me; He splits my inward parts and has no pity; He pours out my gall on the ground. He breaks me with break on top of break; He runs on me like a warrior. I have sewed sackcloth on my skin, and I have thrust my horn in the dust. My face is reddened from weeping; and the shadow of death is on my eyelids, though no violence is in my hand, and my prayer is pure. (Job 16:12-17)
Can trials be exhausting physically? Definitely.
Sometimes when we go through a trial, people are there to give support and advice. This is very much appreciated and may be encouraging and helpful, but it’s easy to give advice when you’re not the one going through the trial.
And Job answered and said: I have heard many such things. You are all miserable comforters. Is there an end to windy words? Or what provokes you that you answer? I also could speak as you. If your soul were in the place of my soul, I could bind words against you and shake at you with my head. (Job 16:1-4)
Since I became a believer almost nine years ago, I have experienced a lot of hardships…major life-altering hardships. How I have made it through some of them is beyond belief. All credit goes to a loving Father giving me the perseverance, courage, and strength that only He can provide.
He wounds, and He binds up. He shatters, and His hands heal. (Job 5:18)
I decided to write this article because I just went through the biggest most challenging trial I have ever experienced. During this trial, Yahweh has revealed to me a character flaw that I truly was unaware of. He has recalled to my mind some sins that needed to be repented of, and He has also shown me how I can improve on some personal things in my life that I was doing for good. Now that He has given me this very important information, I need the wisdom, discernment, strength, courage, and compassion to change. I want to surrender to Him and do His will.
Teach me and I will be silent; and cause me to understand in what I have erred. (Job 6:24)
Sometimes Yah will convict you of a character flaw by reading it in His word, or maybe another person may point it out to you, other times it is through circumstance. Maybe you will see your flaw in someone else and think, “Wow, is that how I look, act, or sound to people?” It’s good to see ourselves in others. It brings it more to life.
It may not seem like it at the time, but testing and trials are beneficial, they give us sympathy and more importantly empathy towards others when they are in a difficult situation. It’s nice to be ‘on the other side of the door’ to actually experience how other people feel. I have been told that during a trial, Yah allows a favorable turn as soon as the wrongdoing is realized. Yah has mercy. Mercy is defined as ‘kind or forgiving treatment of someone who could be treated harshly.’
How many are my iniquities and sins? Make me know my transgressions and my sin. (Job 13:23)
No matter how difficult the trial, you can’t blame Yahweh for any of it. Maybe you have made some mistakes in your life and are reaping the result of those errors. Maybe you have made some bad decisions and your life is off track. A charge of injustice against Yah is like saying, “I am more competent than He is to rule the universe.”
He is wise in heart and mighty in strength; who has been hard against Him and been at peace? (Job 9:4)
Here are five things I want to share that I learned while going through this trial. I hope any or all of these suggestions will help you.
- Be on guard. When we are at our weakest, the enemy is more likely to attack us. My advice to you is to be on guard against the enemy. I wrote a note and put it in my cell phone case so that I will constantly see it. It reads, “Don’t be deceived by the enemy. Bring it before Yahweh.” We need to bring everything before our heavenly Father and ask His counsel no matter if it is a small or great matter.
- I need to spend more time in prayer. It’s not a good idea to say a quick little prayer asking for advice then get off your knees and do what seems best in your eyes. No, we must seek His face and be patient for an answer. Believe me, fasting with prayer does help.
- Being a patient and having other people help me made me realize how difficult it must have been and still is for a family member of mine that is disabled. Not only is it hard physically, emotionally it is exhausting. I’m a very active person so health challenges are not easy for me and sitting and laying around a lot can be depressing.
- I can’t make things happen when I want them to, I have to wait on Yahweh. Patience is good, it is one of the fruits of the spirit.
- I need to think more of others and less of myself. This is especially difficult when you are sick. I believe this is what our Messiah did for us as a perfect example of His whole life.
Behold, happy is the man whom Elohim corrects; and despise not the chastisement of the Almighty. (Job 5:17)
If you are going through an unbearable trial whether it is physically, emotionally, financially, spiritually, or a combination of any or all of these, please be patient and most importantly stay close to Yahweh. Here are a few suggestions of how to do that:
- Get immersed in His word. Spend more time actually reading the bible. Also, you can listen to audio scriptures. I downloaded some audiobooks of the bible on my phone and listen to the scriptures as I fall asleep. If you are interested go to eliyah.com (audio scriptures). I am not a member of that congregation or even know all of their beliefs so I may not agree with the information on their website. However, I do use this awesome service. It’s good to listen to when you are tired or feeling ill or just want to relax, but reading the word for yourself is always best.
- Music. You may also want to listen to worship music. Praise Him in song. A few that I have found helpful is “Wood and Nails” by Porters Gate (Audrey Assad), “Habitation” and “King of Glory” by Heartcry of David, and “You Are For Me” by Kari Jobe. Worshiping our creator in a song from the heart can really help you be more positive during a trial.
- Spend more time praising Yahweh in prayer. Pray without ceasing (1 Thes 5:17). Even after you get off your knees and go about your day, be thinking of Him and how good He is to you. Sometimes I just say to Him, “I’m thinking about you Abba.” Keep that line of communication open all day.
if you would seek earnestly to El, and make your prayer to the Almighty, (Job 8:5)
Look closely at your life and acknowledge any sins that you have committed and return to Yahweh. When we falter through sins we must acknowledge those sins, repent and turn back to Yah. Yah is merciful and if we return to Him, He will accept us. Place nothing before Him in your life. We serve a very gracious and merciful Elohim who loves us very much. It is beyond our understanding of how He is working in our lives.
Remember this trial is only for a season. Be patient and joyfully endure. There may be a huge blessing at the end of it. Hopefully, Yahweh will bless you as He has blessed me through my trial.
But He knows the way with me. When I am tried, I shall come forth as gold. (Job 23:10)
Be grateful and thankful for everything in your life.