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  • Writer's picture~Kimberly Oden

Walking Through Trials? Are You Focusing on the Test or the Testimony That Follows?


When hard circumstances arise, it’s far easier to focus on the test before us rather than the testimony that will follow.


I recently heard a story of hardship & thought, “Wow! God must think this young gal worthy to entrust her with such suffering.” It seemed insensitive, but it was so the opposite! I had a sense that this hard thing could become a springboard to bear witness to the mighty hand of God if she would let it…& just a few days later, she did.


She sat in my home freely sharing personal stories of God’s faithfulness during the hard. You could almost hear a pin drop as she gave witness to God’s goodness to the peers who sat before her…


It’s so difficult AND important to remember that whether we intend to or not, we WILL testify to something on the other side of hard.


We cannot bear transformative testimony unless we bear the weight of the test.


Acts 14 tells us that in the past, God let nations go their own way, yet, He did not leave himself without witness. The wonders of creation bear witness to a Creator, so how much more might we?


It appears that our nation is “going it’s own way” on many levels & is in great need of witnesses!


If we know Jesus as Savior, then how might we let Him be Lord even amidst trials?  Peter tells us that the very genuineness of our faith will be tested by fire to show that it’s real.


Why? So we’d have a rock solid testimony that might be compelling enough to woo others to meet our Messiah!


Think about it:

“How can people call for help if they don’t know who to trust?

👉🏽& how can they know who to trust if they haven’t heard of the One who can be trusted?

👉🏽& how can they hear if nobody tells them?

👉🏽& how is anyone going to tell them, unless someone is sent to do it?” (Romans 10:14-17 MSG)


Father, send us! Deem us worthy of tests SO THAT we might build strong testimonies! We know we’ve a choice to let trials break or build our faith, so Holy Spirit, we ask You to comfort us through the test so we may focus on the testimony that will follow. Help us keep lock-step with our Lord, praising You even through the darkest valleys, so we may build a compelling case for the overwhelming evidence of our good God!


2 KINGS 3:1-4:17

ACTS 14:8-28

PSALM 140:1-13

PROVERBS 17:22

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