Possessing an attitude of thanksgiving is always an important thing for the child of God to have, but it is even more important when going through trials.
It is in trial that God’s children are tempted to blame God for causing their problems, or blame God for stopping his blessings or even blame God for withdrawing his love from them. The Christian must remember that none of those things are ever true.
God will allow trials, but the Bible shows it is not God who chooses the method. In the trial of Job, it was Satan who devised the method of the test. In the conversation Satan had with God before the first trial, Satan said, “But, now, stretch out your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse you to your face,” (Job 1:11 NKJV). But God said to the Devil, “Behold, all that he has is in your power, only do not lay a hand on his person,” (Job 1:12 NKJV). God simply allowed the trial. Satan did everything else. The second trial in Job chapter two came about in the same way. God allowed the trial, but Satan was responsible for what happened to Job (Job 2:6-7).
God considers the trial of our faith as precious as gold (1 Peter 1:7). Why? Because it is in trial that we can learn some important things about ourselves. We learn how deep and strong or how shallow and weak our faith is. If we pass through the trial strengthened, we can understand how mature our faith has become. If we fail, we can learn how much more we must do to attain greater spiritual maturity and faith. Either way, we gain vital information.
There’s more. It is in trial we can show people exactly what our Christian life really means. There is an opportunity in trial to use the entire situation as a way to glorify God. It’s easy to be thankful and glorify God when the skies are blue and everything in our lives is wonderful. It’s more challenging to have that kind of attitude while in pain and distress concerning ourselves or our loved ones.
The faithful child of God understands this and uses trial to thank God for the hard times because it shows something the apostle Paul said was “Christ in you the hope of glory,” (Colossians 1:27). It is possible for the faithful child of God to shine in trial so brightly as to persuade some lost soul to obey the gospel because of the example that Christian puts forth.
This was exactly what Jesus was showing us during his temptation in the wilderness. In every reply to the Devil, Jesus was clear that, no matter what the temptation was, he would extol and respect God and his truth. If we do the same, we will come through fiery trials of this life with blessings for God on our lips and gladness in our hearts.