In a time like this rejoicing in trial and temptation is an issue young Christian find difficult to come to term with. One message you seldom hear from our pulpit today or found among CD’s in our homes is on reality of challenges of life. Most Christians especially youth love prosperity messages that guarantees a life without challenges. But is that all to the gospel?
How then can a young Christian maintain his cool during the storm of life?
1. Reading and listening to testimony– Revelation 12:11. Anytime I faced major shake in life I ask this question. Has anyone gone through this successfully before in the Bible and contemporary world? Always I come back with more records of people with worse situation than I can imagine. As a youth if you don’t listen to others you will discover every adult including your parents had their share dose trials and temptation. Whenever you go out of your cocoon you discover more heat than what you’ve experienced inside for your incubation Matthew 5:11-12. When you hear somebody commit suicide it is because he has lost sight of all possibility of solution. The devil has made him to see his problem as the greatest of all. Beloved their nothing like that!
2. Reflect on the past– Most times we focus on what God his yet to do for us forgetting what He had done for us before. The farther you can look back at God’s goodness the further you’ll be able to thank him. If you have close and intimate relationship with God during your bright days you would have known him so well that you will not doubt his presence during your dark hours. So as you pass through this striving and shakeout period assurance of his presence may not necessarily be felt yet His abiding presence is assured. That He did something for you before is enough to leverage on now that he is silent. Surely he will come to your aid.
3. Meditate on His word. Phil 4: 8-9. Whatsoever consumes your attention gets you captured. If faith comes by hearing the word of God (Romans 10:17), then fear comes by hearing the word of the devil. A single word of disaffection can separate friendship of many years. There will be no place for dull moment during period of trial and tribulation if a Christian youth will immerse himself in the word of God.
Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious — the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. 9 Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies. Phil 4:8-10 THE MESSAGE
What you hear has a great effect on what happen to you spiritually, psychologically and physically. Interestingly evil and discouraging information has greater effect than good news. Numbers 14:36-38.
4. Get busy for God – Rejoicing in the Lord during your trials is possible if you are engaged in the kingdom business. Romans 12:11 A story was told about a woman who was busy in evangelism though she had no child and had waited so long on God. One day someone challenged her. If your God is so good as you claimed why has He not given you a child, she just laughed it off and said “God that word is for you” and continued her witnessing. That very month she conceived.
If you are busy for God there will be no vacancy for sorrow and the devil. Idleness is a breeding ground for negative thoughts. In my culture one of the way to ignore somebody presence or tell him he is irrelevant is to keep quiet and look the other way when the person is talking to you.
5. Where are your friends – Two can accomplish more than twice as much as one, for the results can be much better. 10 If one falls, the other pulls him up; but if a man falls when he is alone, he’s in trouble. 11 Also, on a cold night, two under the same blanket gain warmth from each other, but how can one be warm alone? 12 And one standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer; three is even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. TLB Ecclesiastes 4:9-12. A good friend believes in you, makes you feel important and he is always there for you through thick and thin. As Paul where is your Silas? As Meshach where are your Shadrach and Abednego? To be joyous during Satan’s hard tackle is possible when you surround yourself
with friends. I am fortunate to have a wife whose support has always helped me to smile at the storms of life. Whenever the storm of trial and challenges visits, she cheers me up. Personally, I don’t hide my feeling from friends especially my wife. So, as you pray and prepare for marital life ensure you are married to your friend. Why do you think Jesus recruited the disciples or ask them to come pray with him during His last hours before the cross? Mark 3:4; Luke 23:39-46.
6. Look beyond now-What kept women through the labor pains is the aftermath of the labor, the joy of the child. What will make you stay and stand in time of sorrow is the hope of a better tomorrow. Every farmer bears the rigor of planting season because of the hope of harvest. Every athlete endures the pain of hard training to be able to wear the crown. Look beyond the trials of today to the happiness of tomorrow.
And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. 3 Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up.NLT Heb 12:2-3
For anyone especially Christians to rejoice through trials and tribulation the above steps are not one run-off the mill solution. It takes self determination. It should become our way of life. It is a life style you’ll build over time.
Author: Joseph Akinrinola
Joseph Akinrinola is a Pastor, Sunday school management coach, author, blogger, and a motivational speaker.
Joseph created this blog to help young Christians establish their
feet in Christ, and to provide Biblical time-tested answers to life’s
questions about relationship, christian living and personal development.