Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People – 11

2. Know the Result. Why should we count it all joy when we are in deep trouble? James said, “For you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness” (Jas. 1:3, ESV). “Steadfastness” (ESV) or “patience” (NKJV) is from the Greek, hupomone, “patient endurance, steadfastness, perseverance” (Newman).

From the Diary of John Wesley:

Sunday, A.M., May 5 – Preached in St. Anne’s. Was asked not to come back anymore.

Sunday, P.M., May 5 – Preached in St. John’s. Deacons said “Get out and stay out.”

Sunday, A.M., May 12 – Preached in St. Jude’s. Can’t go back there, either.

Sunday, A.M., May 19 – Preached in St. Somebody Else’s. Deacons called special meeting and said I couldn’t return.

Sunday, P.M., May 19 – Preached on street. Kicked off street.

Sunday, A.M., May 26 – Preached in meadow. Chased out of meadow as bull was turned loose during service.

Sunday, A.M., June 2 – Preached out at the edge of town. Kicked off the highway.

Sunday, P.M., June 2 – Afternoon, preached in a pasture. Ten thousand people came out to hear me.

Trials bring two results—Perseverance and Power.[1] Perseverance in Christ is the product of genuine faith in Christ. The persevering faith is a genuine faith. Thus, the truly saved believer is the truly persevering believer.

The Power of God comes through trials. It is only in times of trials, that we can experience the grace of God the most.

Paul suffered from a difficult physical disease. He said that God allowed that sickness to stop him from becoming spiritually proud. Three times he asked God to remove it. But God did not remove the sickness. God said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9, ESV). Paul experienced the grace of God. The grace of God brings the power of God in your life. The favor of God brings the strength of God in times of weakness. That’s why Paul wrote, “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 Cor. 12:10, NKJV).


[1] James Merritt, “When Your Faith Goes on Trial,” http://www.sermonsearch.com. Accessed July, 2009.

 

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