Finding Hope in Our Trials

Author: Nichole Cochran — Host: Andrew StevensPosted on: October 26, 2020

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Finding Hope in Our Trials

Music filled the air as the church celebrated Palm Sunday. Everyone was joyful—except me. As I sat in my pew, I realized I doubted the Bible. What should have been a joyous day became dark. My doubts scared me—what if I went to hell because of them? I entered a period of struggle and doubt, facing uncertainties about my relationship with God. Today, I look back and see how Jesus used my struggles to lead me to study and learn for myself what the Bible said about Him. This led me to rest so much more deeply in the truths that Jesus had died for my sins and that His death and resurrection were my salvation. I gained a stronger faith in God and a new understanding of the gospel. It’s normal to face doubts and other kinds of trials as a Christian. These trials can be scary. It’s easy to worry you aren’t saved or God will stop loving you because of your questions. But God is with you, even when you face trials. And He can use even your deepest struggles and questions for good. In Christ, you are secure no matter what you face. Trials force us to ask questions we’ve never asked. The answers to these questions grow our understanding of who God is and what He does for us. Because of the Holy Spirit, my doubts and questions lead me to understand the gospel better and better. Your spiritual struggles may not be the same as mine, but, regardless of what your trials are, remember they don’t define you. In Christ, these trials are a chance to grow. If you’re facing doubts or other spiritual struggles today, pray about them. God loves you and won’t leave you to face them alone. While it isn’t easy now, God is using whatever trials we face for His good kingdom purposes—to help us grow into mature Christians as we better understand who Jesus is. • Nichole Cochran • What trials are you facing right now? • Read Hebrews 4:14-16. Why can we bring any struggle we are facing to Jesus? • What things has God taught you through past trials? Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. James 1:2-3 (NLT)


Read Verses:

Romans 8:28; 1 Peter 1:3-7