Trials and testing are not what we desire, yet we all experience them. Hebrews 11 is known as the Faith chapter for how the People of God persevered through every trial and testing of their faith.
By faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.
Women received back their dead by resurrection; and others were tortured, not accepting their release, in order that they might obtain a better resurrection; and other experienced mockings and scourgings, yes, also chains and imprisonment.
They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were put to death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated (men of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and holes in the ground.
And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised, because God had provided something better for us, so that apart from us they would not be made perfect. ~Hebrews 11:33-40 NASB
No matter what trial or testing we experience, we can trust God to be with us. He “will never leave us nor forsake us and the Lord is our Helper, we will not be afraid, what will man do to us?” For we know, “faith is the assurance of things hoped for the conviction of things not seen.”1
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1 Hebrews 13:5-6, 11:1 NASB
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Every Friday, I join an online Christian writing community, Five Minute Friday. We are given a one-word prompt and write – unscripted, unedited, pure free-write – for 5 minutes. The prompt this week is trial.