The verses that I will now list below all really need to be meditated on, grounded on, believed on, and burned into our memory banks for all of eternity as God is very serious on making sure that we can stay true, loyal, and faithful to Him for the long run.
God does not want any more repeats with what happened to Satan and one third of His original angels up in heaven. He wants all of us stay true, loyal, and faithful to Him for all of eternity, and He will make sure, at least down here on this earth, that each and every one of us be put through some of these testing fires from time to time to see how serious we really are about Him and the personal relationship that we have initially established with Him.
Again, I know these types of verses and the revelation that is being given in them is not a very comfortable topic to be preaching and teaching about, especially in the feel-good kind of environment that many of us like to live in.
But to ignore this part of our walk with the Lord, and not to properly explain this kind of heavy activity to the flock is doing them a great disservice, and also ill-equipping them to be able to handle any kind of severe adversity when it does come knocking on their doors.
Many in the Body of Christ have had their personal relationships seriously damaged with the Lord as a result of not being able to fully understand why God will allow some of this kind of adversity to be coming their way in the first place.
As a result, you have many wounded soldiers in the flock who cannot seem to get themselves back onto God’s playing field from the dugout where they are now sitting in as a result of not being able to get over the severe adversity which have may have just struck them and their family.
Even some of the pastors and major leaders in the Body will wrestle with this dilemma if they have never really meditated on this type of revelation and got it worked deep into their mindset in the way they look and view things in this life.
This kind of knowledge and revelation is basic 101 knowledge and revelation that should be taught not only to every single member of the flock, but also to every single budding pastor and leader in the Body of Christ – so they cannot only have it for their own selves when they are forced to face their own personal trials and tribulations from the Lord, but so they can also have it to explain to other Christians when they eventually get hit with their own personal storm clouds.
Now on to the specific verses from our incredible Bible that will fully explain to us exactly why we will all have to face a certain amount of trials and tribulations in this life. I will once again break these verses down under their appropriate captions so you can keep these verses properly grouped together under their appropriate revelations.
1. The Curse of Adam and Eve
This first verse will completely set the stage as to why we will always have a certain amount of trials and tribulations coming our way in this life.
This first verse is God the Father talking to Adam and telling him what the consequences of his act are now going to be – and that these consequences are not only going to fall on him and Eve, but to the rest of the human race which would follow after him.
Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’:“Cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, and you shall eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return.” (Genesis 3:17-19)
Notice the very first thing God pronounces on Adam is “Cursed is the ground for your sake.” In this very first sentence, God is cursing the very ground on which Adam will walk on from here on in. The ground is the ground of our earth. As a result, there is now a curse draped over this entire earth from this moment on.
As a result of this Adamic curse that has now occurred, we are not going to get the original environment that God would have liked to given all of us that was in the Garden of Eden.
Man will now have to work and sweat for his food, women will now birth children into this world with pain, and all men and women will now have to undergo a physical death process with their physical bodies.
God made Adam from the dust of the ground, and as a result of his one transgression against the Lord, he and everyone that would be born after him will all have to physically die and return back to this dust – which is the ground of our earth, hence people being buried in the ground and dust of this earth after they die and depart from this life.
As a result of death now entering into the big picture as a result of this earth now becoming cursed, we now have all kinds of calamities, crimes, weather disturbances, and natural accidents and disasters that can occur at anytime and at any place. There are always going to be consequences to any kind of sin and transgression made against the Lord, especially when it is the first sin ever committed against the Lord by this first man and woman.
As bad as this curse has made our earth and our way of living on this earth, thank our Lord and Savior for making a way of eventual escape from all of it with His sacrificial death on the cross.
But until we all die and cross over to be with our Lord in heaven, every single one of us will have to put up with this curse that is still in full operation on this earth. As a result, every single one of us will have to put up with a certain amount of adversity, conflict, wars, fights, trials, and just pure downright evil from demons and other bad and evil people from time to time.
If God would move to stop every single, little, bad thing that could happen to us in this lifetime, then He would completely negate and fully cancel out this curse that originated from the story of Adam and Eve. If this curse got fully negated and canceled out, then Jesus Christ would have never had to come down onto our earth to die on a cross to save all of us from our sins.
There is a perfect order in God’s universe and in all of His creations. As a result, God is not going to be breaking this perfect order. Adam and Eve were told to stay off this one tree. They could not do it.
As a result, they brought down this curse upon our earth, and this curse will not be completely done away with until we get the New Heaven and New Earth. And until that event finally occurs, we will all have to put up with and battle against some of the bad things that can occur as a result of this curse.
So the next time you are hit with any kind of adversity or conflict in this life, do not blame God, since He is not the One causing most of these bad things to happen. These bad things are all occurring as result of the Adamic curse that is still in full operation on this earth.
If the truth really be known, God is probably running more interference from keeping some of these bad things from ever hitting us in the first place than we would ever realize. But God cannot stop every little bad thing from hitting us.
If He did, this would completely remove this curse factor from this earth, and that simply cannot be done at this time. His perfect order in this universe and His perfect creation of all things will not allow this to happen.
This will now lead us into the next section, as God will now start telling us loud and clear that trials and tribulations will now be a part of our daily lives as long as we are living and breathing on this earth.
2. In the World You Will Have Tribulation
These first 5 verses are going to tell all of us, loud and clear, that a certain amount of tribulation and persecution will always be a part of our lives and a part of this world.
- “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
- ” … strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, “We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.” (Acts 14:22)
- “Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” (2 Timothy 3:12)
- “Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master,’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you.” (John 15:20)
- “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. He guards all his bones, not one of them is broken.” (Psalm 34:19)
Notice in the very first verse that not only will we all have to face a certain amount of tribulation in this world, but then the second verse really hammers home the point that we will all have to face “many tribulations.”
Put this together with the fact that we are dealing with a curse factor from the story of Adam and Eve, and the simple conclusion is that we have all been born into a war zone, and we will all have to journey through this earthly life facing a certain amount of trials and tribulations before we can finally enter into heaven.
Jesus Himself could not have put it any better when He says in the last verse that if the world ended up persecuting Him when He was down here walking on this earth, then the world will also be persecuting all of us as well. As a result, no one will be getting out of this life without having to face a certain amount of adversity and conflict.
3. The Lord Will Test the Righteous
If you do not think the Lord will be testing each one of us out from time to time, study the specific wording in the next 6 verses. Each one of these verses specifically state that God will definitely be testing all of His own from time to time.
The first verse I will list below will tell us that the Lord Himself will test the righteous. As you will see in some of the additional wording in these verses, one of the main reasons God will test you from time to time is to see if you will hold fast to Him and follow all of His ways and commandments.
- “But the Lord tests the righteous, but the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates.” (Psalm 11:5)
- “But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.My foot has held fast to His steps; I have kept His way and not turned aside. I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.” (Job 23:10)
- “Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.” (Isaiah 48:10)
- “The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the hearts.” (Proverbs 17:3)
- Then the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. And the people shall go out and gather a certain quota every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in My law or not.” (Exodus 16:4)
- And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord. Your garments did not wear out on you, nor did your feet swell these forty years.” (Deuteronomy 8:2-4)
The second verse stated above is from Job, who probably had one of the most severe testings anyone could possibly imagine having in this life. Notice that Job was picking up that he was being tested by the Lord, and then gives the specific reasons as to why he was being tested – to see if he would hold fast to the Lord without turning away or bailing out on Him, and to see if he would still obey all of God’s commandments and ways of living in this life.
The third verse uses one of the most intense phrases to describe how intense some of these tests can end up being. The three words are that sometimes God will test you out in a “furnace of affliction.”
Some people in this life will have to face trials and tribulations that will end up being more on the severe and extreme side. When you are put through some of these types of extreme trials, you will feel like you are literally going through a fiery furnace due to the heat and intensity of these types of trials and tribulations.
The last two verses are talking about when God tested the Israelites in the wilderness for forty years before they were allowed to enter into the Promised Land. Notice they were definitely being tested by God before being allowed to enter into this Promised Land. Then God once again gives the specific reasons as to why He was testing them – to see if they would still be willing to walk in all of His laws and commandments.
When you really study the wording in all of these verses, there is no doubt that the Lord will test all of His own from time to time to see if we will hold fast to Him and continue to walk in all of His ways and commandments – no matter how rough and tough things may get from time to time.
Many people have bailed out on the Lord as a result of some of the severe tests that have been brought their way because they did not fully understand why these trials and tests were coming their way in the first place. This is why this topic must be taught in every single Christian Church so the flock will at least know why they will all have to face a certain amount of tribulation in this life.
4. The Testing of Your Faith
These next two verses are going to add to the ones just listed above. The next two verses will now get to the real heart of this matter.
In addition to God testing you to see if you will still follow all of His ways and commandments, there is still one more big thing that He is really going to test you on from time to time – and that is your personal faith levels in Him. As Job stated in one of the above verses, God was testing him to see if he would hold fast to His steps.
Our faith and belief levels are our lifelines to the Lord. Our personal relationship with God is only as good as our faith and belief levels are in Him.
The stronger your faith levels are in the Lord, the better and deeper your personal relationship will become with Him. The weaker your faith levels become, the weaker your personal relationship will become with Him.
This is why the Lord will test your faith levels in Him from time to time – to see how serious you really are about Him and whether or not you will hold fast to Him through the most trying of circumstances.
As I said at the top of this article, God has already lost a third of His angelic host while they were living with Him up in heaven. God doesn’t want to have any more repeats of this kind of open rebellion against Him once we all enter into heaven.
This is why I believe He is going to personally test each one of us out from time to time down here on this earth.
This is why trials and tribulations are so important in this life, and why we must take them very seriously and not complain about them when they do come our way – as these trials and tribulations will be what will weed out the ones who are really serious about staying true, loyal, and faithful to the Lord from those who are going to bail out on Him the minute any type of adversity ever comes their way.
Again, the specific wording in these two verses are very intense, and they really do give us incredible revelation on the big picture. They are showing us exactly what God is doing when He sovereignly chooses to allow a certain amount of tribulation to come our way in this life.
- “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ … receiving the end of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” (1 Peter 1:6,9)
- “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy … Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter … therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.” (1 Peter 4:12,16,19)
Notice in the first verse that the Lord is specifically targeting our faith when He allows trials to come our way. He really hammers home this point when He says that our faith in Him is even more precious than any of the gold of this earth. He then makes an extreme statement when He says that this faith will then be “tested by fire.”
Having your personal faith levels in the Lord tested by fire is not something most people want to hear or talk about in this current day and age.
When everyone is always looking for the easy way out and wanting to slide through this life without having to experience any type of suffering, trials, or tribulations, many pastors have decided not to teach about this topic because it is so uncomfortable to talk about – even though sooner or later various types of trials, tribulations, and sufferings will eventually be coming all of our way.
Near the end of the second verse, it specifically says that sometimes we will suffer as a result of the will of God, and that when it does happen, not to be ashamed of it, and to continue to try and do good with our lives – no matter how trying and severe the trial may end up becoming.
If any of you are going through any type of trial at the present time, or if you should enter into one anytime in your near future, really chew and meditate on the wording in these two verses, as they are both a real mouthful.
God is giving all of us more than enough revelation and more than enough fair warning when He starts out the second verse above in that we are not to think it strange if we happen to get thrown into some kind of fiery trial. In other words, trials and tribulations will eventually come our way sometime, someplace, and somehow if we live long enough on this earth.
5. For Your Sanctification in the Lord
As hard as this next reason is for many to believe, one of the main reasons God will allow a certain amount of trials and tribulation to come our way in this life is for the express purpose of making, molding, and transforming us into a better and more holy people – in other words, for our own sanctification in Him.
Here are 4 very good verses, especially the first two, that will definitely show us that God is coming after our sanctification in Him when He allows some of these trials to come our way in this life.
- “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” (James 1:2)
- “And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.” (Romans 5:3)
- “Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:16)
- And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
The first two verses literally tell us to “count it all joy when you fall into various trials” and that we should actually “glory in tribulations.” At first this may appear to be a bit masochistic, but when you see the reasons that will follow, you can see what the Lord is trying to tell all of us.
The first two verses go on to tell us that trials and tribulations will test our faith in the Lord, and when our faith levels have been sorely tested, this will then help improve our character. In other words, we can become a much better and holy people in the Lord if we will allow the fires of a real test to help shape, mold, and transform us.
Ask any real athlete, and they will all tell you that the rigors and trials they have gone through have made them much better and stronger people as versus someone who refuses to face any kind of adversity head on when it does comes knocking on their doors.
The first verse tells you that the testing of your faith will help produce greater levels of patience in you, and that if you work with the Lord in allowing Him to mold what qualities He wants to work and impart into you, then you can learn how to become “perfect and complete, lacking nothing” in Him.
The third verse then adds some more perspective to all of this when it says that these “light afflictions” are just for a “moment” in the big picture. Our life down here on this is earth is not even the snap of a finger as compared to the eternal time frame that is operating up in heaven. Sooner or later, all of our trials and tribulations will end, and we will all have eternal peace once we enter into heaven to be with our Lord for all of eternity.
This is why when we face any kind of adversity in this life, especially adversity that may be on the more extreme and serious side, to keep all of this in proper perspective with the real big picture. Sooner or later, we will all die and depart from this earth.
And when we do, all of the trials and tribulations that we have gone through will all drop off of us like a heavy sack of potatoes.
All of the burdens, weights, and oppressions of these trials and tribulations will immediately dissipate once we cross over and meet our Lord and Savior face to face. There will eventually be full and final healing and restoration for all of us once we enter into heaven.
This is why the above verses are telling us to keep all of this in proper perspective with the big picture.
If your daughter has just been murdered in this life, you will be fully re-united with her once again when you cross over into heaven. And she will have already been made perfectly complete and whole again by the Lord by the time you arrive to meet her in heaven.
If you are bound to a wheel chair for the rest of your earthly life as a result of a severe car accident, you will be given a brand new, glorified, spiritual body once you cross over into heaven that will never fail, give out, or age on you ever again!
What gets many people in trouble when they are hit with any type of adversity in this life is they can’t see two inches in front of their faces. They can’t stop and see the big picture for what it is – that all of these trials and tribulations are just for a brief moment as God is telling us in these passages, and that sooner or later all of them will eventually end, never again to be able to pull us down into their death grips.
Notice that Paul states in the third verse that we should not lose heart when afflicted by trials. He says that these afflictions are “working for us” a far more “exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”
Paul then states in the last verse that he would rather boast in all of his infirmities, because he knows that the power of God can help get him through all of these trials and tribulations. He then ends the very last verse saying that he actually takes pleasure in these infirmities and persecutions because he knows that when he becomes weak during the course of these trials, that he will eventually get stronger, since he will be given God’s grace and power to be able to make it through these tough trials.
Paul found the secret as to why God was allowing some of these trials and afflictions to come his way in the first place – and it was all for his own sanctification in the Lord. As a result, he could end up making the extreme statements that he was actually taking pleasure and boasting in this kind of heavy activity with the Lord.
I know this kind of revelation is very heavy and very deep. But this revelation really needs to be meditated on and assimilated into our minds and heart so we can be properly prepared to handle any type of storm cloud that may attempt to come against us in this life.
6. We Walk By Faith – Not By Sight
Now that we know that God will personally test our faith in Him from time to time, these next set of verses will seal the deal as far as our faith in the Lord is concerned. These verses will all tell us that we must now learn how to walk in this life by total faith and belief in God – not with what we see in the natural with our physical eyes.
These verses will tell us that we must learn how to do the following:
- Walk by faith, not by sight
- The just shall live by his faith
- Live by faith in the Son of God
- We must learn how to go from strength to strength and faith to faith in the Lord
We have all heard many of these verses before, but you really do not realize the extreme importance of this revelation until you are thrown head first into the middle of a fiery trial. These types of verses will then come fully alive for you in a way that you may have never known before.
This is why trials and tribulations will elevate and strengthen your faith in the Lord.
Once you are thrown into the middle of a fiery trial, you will either lose part or all of your faith in the Lord due to fear and really getting mad at God for allowing it to happen to you in the first place – or you will grab a hold of the Lord in a way and with an intensity that you may have never known before, because you will now know that the only way that you are going to be able to make it through this trial in one piece is by completely relying on God’s grace, power, and guidance.
As a result, you will be forced to lean and rely on God with much more intensity than you may have ever done before. But as a result of this heavier leaning and reliance upon the Lord, your present faith and belief levels in Him will grow beyond what you ever thought was possible in this life because you will see how He will personally help you get through this storm cloud in one piece.
Once you see God supernaturally start to move to help you with your crisis, it will completely blow you away with what He can do for you and how far He can actually go to help deliver you from your predicament.
As I said at the top of this article, Smith Wigglesworth, the great apostle of faith, would always say that from great fights will come great faith in the Lord – and some of the trials and tribulations that will come your way in this life is what will cause some of these great fights to come your way in the first place.
I know some of this type of heavier revelation is tough stuff to try and swallow, but this is the way the Lord has the game set up.
We either learn how to play the game and become victors and overcomers in this life when these storm clouds do come against us, or we let the struggles and adversity of this life totally defeat and bring us down where we can no longer function for either our Lord or any of our family members or close friends.
The choice is ours.
All God can do is give us His knowledge from His Word as to how the big picture is really set up and how we are to deal with the adversities of this life.
We either choose to learn how to become good soldiers and good overcomers in the Lord and face these storm clouds head on when they do come our way like David did with Goliath – or we can choose to bail out on Him, our family, our friends, and this life in general.
Now here are some very powerful verses all telling us that we have to learn how to live in this life with total faith, trust, and belief in our one and only Lord and Savior – with absolutely no turning back, wavering, doubting, or bailing out on Him – no matter what life, hell, or the devil tries to throw our way!
- For we walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7)
- But the just shall live by his faith.” (Habakkuk 2:4)
- “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)
- “Now the just shall live by faith; but if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.” But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.” (Hebrews 10:38)
- “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
- “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:16)
- “Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, whose heart is set on pilgrimage …. They go from strength to strength.” (Psalm 84:5,7)
- “My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality.” (James 2:1)
- “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23)
- “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that He will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” (James 1:5)
- So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done. And all things, whatever you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” (Matthew 21:21)
Notice that not only are all these verses telling us to live by a strong faith in the Lord, but they are also telling us not to let it waver. And if we let our faith waver, we will become double-minded and unstable in all of our ways because we will end up being like a wave of the sea being helplessly tossed to and fro from the heavy winds that are coming against it.
This is a very graphic, but very good illustration as to why we all have to learn how to develop very strong faith in the Lord – so we do not let adversity knock us all over the place like a ping-pong ball when it does come knocking on our doors.
If you can learn to keep your faith up in the Lord, especially during the middle of a trial and tribulation, you will be less likely to roller-coaster with your mind and emotions – and you will then have more peace and tranquility as you continue to keep pressing through the storm cloud to its eventual end.
Part 2 Continued on The Scripture Verses on Trials and Tribulations
This is part of our 6 parts series on Trials and Tribulations – The Testing of Our Faith. Here are the other parts.