Can you recall the last time you were in the middle of a storm? Not a weather storm but a life challenge, otherwise known as adversity? It wasn’t easy, was it. Trials never are. But trials and tribulations, believe it or not, have a purpose. James 1:2-4 tells us to count it all joy. It’s hard to believe but it can be done!
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It’s been three years since my husband and I entered into a troubled period. It was a few months later that we heard this message, what our response should be in trials, so I took notes as I knew it would be beneficial to pass on someday.
At the date of this writing, our trial is over now but I want to share with you how to work through life’s storms as God is preparing you for the victory.
Let’s look at Scripture to see how we should handle trials when they come our way. Besides being joyful as James instructs us, there is another place in Scripture that teaches us how to handle trials and tribulations.
By the way, while God doesn’t send the storms of life your way, He does use life’s trials and tribulations to help you grow stronger in your faith. James 1:2-4 reminds us that there is a purpose for temptations, and that is so that you may be completely whole, lacking nothing.
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9 Responses to Handling Trials and Tribulations
So, grab your Bible for this quick study as it’s time to begin. In 2 Kings 19, we will learn of 9 responses that we should have in the midst of a trial. Let’s work through these steps.
1. Use Discernment
Accurately discern the seriousness of the situation.
2 Kings 19:1 … King Hezekiah’s men told him of a message from Sennacherib, king of Assyria through Rabshakeh (2 Kings 18:37) who was sowing discord between the two kings. This message was serious so Hezekiah immediately sprang into action.
2. Go to Church
It’s important that you continue to go to church.
2 Kings 19:1 … Upon hearing this message, Hezekiah tore his clothes and covered himself with sackcloth and went into the house of the Lord. At this point, it is vital for us to stay in fellowship with other believers. Put on the full
3. & 4. Seek the LORD and Ask for Prayer
God moves when we seek Him through prayer. Ask for prayer from your fellow brethren.
2 Kings 19:2-4 … As you go to the Lord in prayer, you do not need to do this alone. Ask your fellow believers to join you in prayer regarding the situation. This requires humility as you tell them of the circumstances.
2 Kings 19:3 … Remember that it’s not about us, it’s about God. He will not take blasphemy lightly. Nor will He stand for rebuking and being mocked the way king Sennacherib was mocking God. You can trust that God will defend you.
5. God Has a Resolution for Your Trials and Tribulations
Nothing surprises God, however, He has a plan to resolve your trials and tribulations. Let God work things out in His time.
2 Kings 19:5-7 … The first thing we need to do is go to the Word of God when faced with a trial. We need to have a working knowledge of God’s Word so we can stand strong on the promises of God.
2 Kings 19:6 … This is a word from God to us, too. Do not fear the words that you heard spoken against Me, says God.
When someone speaks against you, they are speaking against the God you serve as well. God will not let that go unnoticed. Hezekiah sent a message to his people to encourage them and build them up, telling them not to listen to the lies being told.
What we hear, will either grow to fear or to faith.
Many times the things that we hear creates fear in us and yet at the same time, the things we hear can also create faith. Be careful what you listen to. Remember that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God, Romans 10:17.
In the Old Testament, we often read “Hear O Israel”…what we hear, will either grow to fear or to faith. The more we hear the Word of God, the more our faith will grow.
6. Be Aware of Future Attacks
Expect that the enemy is going to attack again and again. He won’t give up so quickly because he desires to kill, steal and destroy, John 10:10.
2 Kings 19:8-13 … Sennacherib, king of Assyria continues to attack the king of Judah and taunt him with his past history of successes. Satan is merciless, ruthless and does not give up in his attempts to destroy us. He’s doing his job of ‘seeking whom he may devour.’ Stand your ground, don’t let him devour you.
7. Continually Commit the Trial to the LORD
During the course of your trial, continually commit it to God. Don’t take it back to resolve it yourself but continually remind God that the trial belongs to Him for resolution.
2 Kings 19:14-19 … Hezekiah brought the whole situation before the Lord again, spreading the letter he received before God. And then he prayed.
It’s time to cast the problem upon the Lord.
Here are some helpful Scripture verses for you:
- 1 Peter 5:7 tells us to cast our cares upon Him.
- Proverbs 16:3-4 tells us to commit everything to the Lord and
- Psalm 37:5-6 also tells us to commit our way to the Lord and to trust Him.
- Psalm 55:22-23 reminds us to cast our burdens on the Lord.
- Isaiah 26:3 comforts us with these words, Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. This is telling us that we can leave our cares with him, however, we need to remember not to pick them up again when we leave.
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8. View the Situation from God’s Perspective
It’s a good thing to look at your situation from God’s perspective. Don’t view problems through finite minds but rather view them from God’s perspective. View big problems in light of our bigger God.
Philippians 4:6-7 teaches us not to be anxious for anything but to bring everything to Him so the peace of God can guard our hearts and minds.
View big problems in light of our bigger God!
9. Know that God Hears Your Plea
God knows your heart and hears your cry. While there may be times when you feel so alone, remember the truth of God, you are never alone nor are you forsaken by God, Hebrews 13:5.
2 Kings 19:20 … Isaiah spoke a word to Hezekiah telling him that “because you have prayed to me, I have heard.” We don’t ever want to hear God tell us that “because you did not pray to me, I will not answer.”
As we are reminded in Philippians 4:6-7, to be anxious for nothing, we can condense it to “pray for everything, thank God for anything and worry about nothing” and God will give us peace. So have faith, for faith pleases God.
2 Kings 19:21-37 relates how God vindicated His name and gave the victory to Hezekiah. God is faithful to those who seek Him and put their trust in Him.
So, we have seen how Hezekiah responded to the trouble that fell upon him. These are actionable steps for us to take as well. When you look over these steps, have you done any of them? Can you trust God enough to follow all of these steps? Do not be anxious about your situation. God’s got this if you’ve given it to Him.
Gain Comfort from the Word
I mentioned at the start of this that my husband and I found ourselves in a troubled period three years ago, so when we heard this message, we reviewed these actions and saw that we had done all of these steps.
In 2 Kings 19:3;6 which is about blasphemy, we realized that the other party had blasphemed the name of God and from these verses, we see that God will not let that go unpunished. We reminded God of what the other party said and asked God to deal with the trial according to His Word.
The trial, an actual court case for us, was tried before an earthly judge
The outcome was that heaven’s will came to earth that day. God vindicated us as the judge pronounced in our
That’s a Wrap
As you find yourself applying the principles of these 9 responses found in 2 Kings 19, I KNOW that God will give you the victory!
Keep on praying, believing and trusting God to resolve your trials and tribulations for His glory!
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Cindy Barnes has been called by God in the early 80s to be a teacher of His Word. She is a serious student of the Word, focusing on the Inductive Bible Study Method since 2007. Her passion is to teach women how to study the Bible using this method. In addition, she desires for women to develop an intense yearning to draw closer to God through reading and writing out the Bible.
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