Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?–John 11:40
I think I’m safe to say that most of us do not prefer to encounter suffering and trials. In fact, the majority of us will probably do just about anything to avoid pain and discomfort. As we carefully plot out the details of our future, suffering is rarely in the planner. I’m sure Mary and Martha did not have the death of their brother in their planner, but then, they didn’t plan for the miracle of having their brother raised to life either. Many of us cringe at a trial because of the pain, and I’d be right there with you. But take a moment and read John 11:40 in the context of your trial.
Trials are a privilege that allow us a rare and exclusive glimpse at the radiant glory of God. In Philippians 3:10, Paul reminds us that suffering brings a unique fellowship with Christ. Yet, that fellowship, that glimpse of glory is only experienced when we are believing. If your eyes are on the muck and mire that is sucking you under, you won’t see the rescue that God is orchestrating, and you’ll miss the depth of fellowship you could have had with the Rescuer.
Trials are painful and scary and sometimes tragic. Sometimes, it can feel a trial has punched a hole through your very soul. But what if it were God who had made that hole to allow more room for Himself in your life? Will you patch up the hole as quickly as you can, or will you see the privilege awaiting you and let Him fill the empty space?
Believe, and you’ll see more than you ever imagined seeing.
This post has been edited and republished from my former blog Homekeepers. Over the next several months, I will be merging my two blogs into this one location.