Seeking God In Trials

The more we hold onto God, the greater understanding we have of His character.

Hosea 5:1-15

Reference: “Then I will return to my lair until they have borne their guilt and seek my face— in their misery they will earnestly seek me.”” Hosea‬ ‭5:15‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Explore: Many tragic things happen in this world. Some are self-inflicted while others are just part of living in a fallen world.

I know when I hit hard times I cry out to the Lord. When I can see that things are way beyond my ability, it’s Him I draw strength from.

When I look back at my challenging season I can reflect upon the trial and often I can see that my faith in God has increased through the reliance I had in Him. The more we hold onto God, the greater understanding we have of His character.

Application: God desires us to have a strong connection with Him. He does not desire for us to go through challenges, but He is willing to draw near when we need Him.

The Israelites had turned from God. Due to their distance from Him they went through great challenges.

But God was still willing to draw near to them. When they would cry out to Him, and earnestly seek Him, he would be found.

Prayer: Lord, may we earnestly seek You today. Whether in trial or in joy, may we live to see Your face. Amen.

When have you found your faith has increased?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.

1 comment:

IndraDecember 18, 2015 at 7:27 PMReply

this past sunday, i’m glad that potasr doug differentiated between a trial (being from God) and a temptation (being from the Enemy). i really think that it is a distinction that most people fail to make. sometimes, we fall short believing that both of those are from the same place, and it’s just not true.