Over the years, I have heard many people say that it was during the good and prosperous times in their lives that they became complacent and wandered away from God. It seemed that because things were going well, the need for prayer diminished and the need for cautiously walking so as to please God and gain blessings was no longer urgent. How does God help us when we become like this? What does he do to bring us back to himself?
Sometimes God allows trials to come so that we may again recognize our need for him.
O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; (Psalms 63:1)
In many cases, the trial is not a chastening, but the opportunity needed to brings us to the recognition of our need for him. A close friend of mine shared one time about how her parents had been struggling in their relationship. That was up until the time that one of them became very ill. It was the illness that shocked each of them into the reality of how much they really loved and needed each other. It was the wake up call. For us, trials can be much the same. Not all trials are for this purpose, but there are occasions when they are.
If you are currently in a trial, consider at least that The Lord may be trying to accomplish this work in your life. As you view others in trials, recognize that they may be right with God, but need to be drawn closer as well. They do not need your judgment at this time but rather your support.
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