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Event:  Pastor's Notes Part 11
Date:  Mon, July 06, 2020 (Recurs Weekly)
Details:  The Pain and theProfit of the Believers Trials:1Kings 17:17-24
Facts to consider: 1. Our world is constantly changing and unstable 2. Just when you get used to one way,something happens and it changes it. Our life on earth is full of strange and unpredictable changes. Because this world is not our home, we should expect trouble and persecution ( Jn . 16:3; Acts 14:22 ). By being forewarned, by God we are being forearmed for life's battles. Though we are the objects of His love and favor, we are not immune to traile and testing so. It's not a question of if we will face them, but when. (James 1:2) If we treat them as our friends, we will gain and grow. Notice in our text 1. The unsuspecting Trial
Up to this point, the widow and her son have been experiencing God's marvelous power and provisions - the oil and the flour never run out. They were blessed and then, suddenly catastrophe stuck the home, the son got sick and died. Many can relate to this scene. It's happened to spiritual giants of the faith. Job is a perfect example. In a matter of hours this family experienced one tragedy after tragedy. Job did not understand why all of this happened. He kept on trusting God. Mrs. Job had a different view of God.(2:9,10) To experience trouble and affliction doesn't necessarily mean that one has forfeited God's favor. Unless this is the results of willfull disobedience and rebellion. Keep in mind what Jesus said, "Every branch that does bear fruit he trims clean so that it will be even more fruitful." ( Jn. 15:2) There is pain and suffering involved in character development. A Christ-like character and conduct is the product of a painful process. Paul -"....we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance character; and character, hope." ( Rom. 5:3). Trials and testings are an essential part of the believers life (1Pe. 4:12). God, in His infinite mercy, prepares and equips us to face them and to triumph over them. Prior to this negative experience, the widow enjoyed God's blessings. Yet the tragedy of loosing her son made her forget. Dwelling on the positive of what God has done for us, is how we can cope and overcome trials and tragedies. The Scriptures teach us that God's people often encounter the heaviest of trials after experiencing God's richest blessings. Joseph's dreams of ruling and reigning were followed by hate from his brothers and sold into slavery. David's victory over Golaith was followed by jealousy and persecution from king Saul. Elijah's victory at Mount Carmel is followed by death threat from Jezebel. Paul's revelations of Paridise is followed by buffetings from messengers of Satan. Jesus' Baptism at the Jordan, is followed by Satan's temptations in the wilderness. What better way to face adversity then after experiencing the power and provisions of God. Satan wants us to forget the good and only concentrate on the bad in front of us. We must recall and dwell on the positive that we have experienced from the Lord. That's what encourages and comfort us. By remembering, we realize God's goodness and faithfulness, that He is for us and is with us. He will see us through, one way or another. When David faced Goliath, he recalled previous victories over a lion and a bear. Past experiences equipped him to face present enemies and defeat them. Keep in mind that God does not change. He who helped you yesterday, will help you today and tomorrow. Whatever He permits in your life, He will use it for your benefit and for His glory.