A trial is “the action or process of trying or putting to the proof”, and “a test of faith, patience, or stamina through subjection to suffering or temptation.” A Tribulation is “a cause of great trouble or suffering.” God tests us to prove our faith, and he sometimes allows Satan to tempt us in order to refine our faith and help us grow in our dependence on Him (remember Job). Our trials are critically important, and we should rejoice in them because they cause our faith to be strengthened, which is conforming us into His image, and which we will truly need in the coming time of great tribulation. Be overjoyed when trials and tribulations are visited upon you–it is a gift from God; view it that way.
This little gallinule chick is all in a panic because its mother has gone into the water and left him. It is a trial he is going through, that she is putting him through so that he might join her in the water and learn to swim, which is necessary for his survival. God does the same thing with us. Don’t cry and wail over it, just jump in the water–it is all for the testing and strengthening of our faith, which is critical to our survival in these coming times. The more we cry, wail and bemoan our situation, the longer it takes for us to get through it. It passes much more quickly if we remain in a state of joy and gratitude.
James 1:2 “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,”
1Peter 1:6 “In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials”
Romans 12:12 “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”
Matthew 24:22 “For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.”
Matthew 24:30 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: then will appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory;”
Revelation 7:13-14 “Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, ‘Who are these, clothed in white robes, and whence have you come?’ And I said unto him, ‘Sir, thou knowest.’ And he said to me, ‘These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.’”
John 16:33 “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
James 1:2-3 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you encounter trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance…’”