Purpose of Trials

In his commentary on the book of James, John MacArthur gives us at least 8 purposes for the Lord’s allowing trials to come into the lives of His people.

#1 Test the Strength of our Faith (Exodus 16:4; 2 Chronicles 32:31)

#2 To Humble us (2 Corinthians 12:7)

#3 To Wean us from Dependence on Worldly Things (John 6:5-7; Hebrews 11:24-26)

#4 To Call us to Eternal and Heavenly Hope (Philippians 1:23-24; Romans 8:18-25)

#5 To Reveal What We Really Love (Genesis 22)

#6 To Teach us to Value God’s Blessing (Psalm 63:3-7; Hebrews 12:2)

#7 To Develop in His Saints Enduring Strength for Greater Usefulness (2 Cor. 12:10)

#8 To Enable us to Better Help Others in their Trials (Luke 22:31-33; 2 Cor. 1:3-6)

Which of these purposes, as laid out from MacArthur, have been or is helpful for you to remember today?


Posted on April 6, 2010, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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