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?