What Trials Do

“Trials make the promise sweet;

Trials give new life to prayer;

Trials bring me to his feet,

Lay me low, and keep me there.”

I recently found this gem of a poem while reading David McIntyre’s book The Hidden Life of Prayer. 

No one likes trials, but they often prove to be so rich. God uses trials to produce growth in us!

From this sweet poem, notice these solid truths:

  • Trials make the promises of God sweet to us. Without the trials, we may neglect His promises. Let us be thankful for anything, including trials, that causes us to delight in God’s promises.
  • Trials give new life to prayer. All of us pray more when we are going though trials. And not only do our prayers increase in quantity, but they certainly increase in quality during trials. And prayer is such a blessing. Let us be thankful for anything, including trials, that gives new life to prayer.
  • Trials bring me to His feet. The true child of God who knows his sins and His need for forgiveness, finds great comfort and rest and peace at the feet of God. Let us be thankful for anything, including trials, that brings us to God’s feet.
  • Our desire is to stay close to Jesus and His cross and His forgiveness. Trials bring us there. Let us be thankful for anything, including trials, that lays us low and keeps us there at the feet of Jesus.

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