Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
1 Peter 1:6-7
Despite what some professed teachers of the word of God claim, the life of one of God’s children is not without problems. If you study the Bible you will see this time and time again. For example, the first person in the Bible that we know had faith was also killed by his brother.
In fact when God chose to point out who is true and faithful children were in the eleventh chapter of Hebrews each of them had one thing in common. Not only did they have problems but it was there problems that God chose to mention as the true indicator of their faith.
Why then should we expect to have a trouble free life of ease? Even in the beginning, immediately after the fall of Adam, God told his creation he would work and labor with adversity. The ground would bring forth thorns instead of that which was good to eat. The woman was also told that her troubles would multiply.
Does this mean God wants bad things for his children? Of course not. He wants his children to enjoy life. Unlike many parents today, though, He does not want us to enjoy life at the cost of our morals. He wants us to be true to his standards as set forth in His word.
He also has a desire to know if we truly love him or just love the blessings He gives us. His hope is that we desire him. He wants to know if we are a real friend or a good time only friend.
For example, have you ever had a friend who said they would be there whenever you needed them but when you did need him he was not there? That is not much of a friend. Too many of God’s children are this way too. We are happy to serve when he is blessing but when hard times come we go.