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.
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.
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.
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.