Trials are quite revealing. They get below the surface level of our faith to the deepest parts of our soul. This is where fears, mistrust, anxieties and other hidden issues finally get exposed. Trials peel away the Christian mask to unveil who we really are—not what we’ve portrayed to others or even what we’ve tried to convince ourselves is the person inside.
There was a period of time in which I felt pretty secure in my Christian walk. My faith remained intact, despite some challenges that had come my way. And then…well, let’s just say one particular trial seemed to resurface a part of me I had thought was long buried.
You see, there were some issues that I’d never fully dealt with, which were lying below the surface—waiting for just the right opportunity. Only those closest to me got to see the awful effects of it.
It’s painful and embarrassing to reflect on this time. There is nothing pleasurable about exposure. It puts us in a very vulnerable position. Yet this is where the real work can be done in us, as God begins to peel away the layers. Exposure isn’t about embarrassment, it’s about getting to the core of our heart, mind and soul.
We can pretend with others—maybe even fool a few. We can try to convince ourselves that everything is good. But God will use whatever means necessary to expose those parts of us that need refining. It’s the only way I can make sense out of James, when he tells us to “consider it pure joy, my brothers and sister, whenever you face trials of many kinds…” (James 1:2).
Not joy for the trial itself…but joy because it means our faith is being tested. It’s the only way we can grow as a person and in our relationship with God.
Don’t be afraid of exposure that leads to greater growth. Revealing what’s hidden is the only way to be changed from the inside out.
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