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Life is a Pilgrimage

Trials are a part of a Christian’s life. God sends them with the purpose to draw His children nearer unto Him, and that His name may be glorified in and thru them. We read in Zechariah 13:9: “And I will bring the third part thru the fire and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried, and they shall call on My name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is My people: and they shall say, the Lord is my God.” These trials are of a different kind and nature. God alone knows the state of each individual and knows how much they can endure.

These trials may be due to the weakness and frailties of the human body, as is clearly pointed out in the parable Jesus related of the rich man and Lazarus. Lazarus, a picture of the child of God. has nothing appealing in this life, on the contrary he has nothing but the suffering of bodily pain and the crumbs of the rich man’s table to eat. The children of God have their abiding place in heaven.

Again, there are the trials which are due to the persecutions for Christ’s sake.

Then also there are the sorrows and burdens which every Christian experiences because of the burden of their sins. The apostle Paul relates, “When I would do good, sin is ever present with me.” Every Christian must needs testify of this same thing along with the apostle.

Finally, let us not forget all of the trials which each individual experiences. The world is full of misery and troubles, brought about by sin.

But where must we go in the hour of need with our many cares and sorrows of life? There is but One to whom we can go. That is to our God in prayer, for in Him alone shall we find rest. This finding of peace and rest for our souls does not mean chat we shall always be relieved of our earthly cares and pains. No, even more we may not come to God with this in mind. On the contrary we must pray, “Lord, Thy will be done, and if it is Thy will that these thorns be not removed from us. give us grace to shoulder our burden and journey on with our eye ever fixed upon the heavenly Jerusalem,” for what is this life compared to the glory awaiting the people of God in the hereafter. There shall be no pains, no fears, nor troubles in heaven. And thus, coming to Christ He will give us the conviction in our hearts. “My grace is sufficient for thee.”