By definition a trial is a test to prove one’s own heart and tribulation is the mishap or trouble that one experiences. When the two “T’s” are put together it’s God way of molding us, helping us to grow, and to bring us closer to Him. We mope, groan, and complain during our trials and tribulations, but at the end of it all we are glad we made it through. Trials and tribulations bring about a change within us, a change that delivers us to live as we are called to live in Christ Jesus. Take time to think on your past trials and tribulations. How did you make it through? Did you call upon God or thanked Him afterwards? What was the result of coming out of your trials and tribulations?
(1 Peter 4:12-13) 12 Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; 13 but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.
(James 1:2-3) 2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.
(Romans 5:3-4) 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope.
(James 1:12) 12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.