Word Nerd Wednesday – Trials

I’m so excited to welcome my friend Kristi Woods to My Messy Desk. She is passionate about encouraging women to walk deeper with God and I have been so encouraged by her wisdom and love for God’s people. Today she tackles a tough topic we might rather avoid, but shows us how even our trials can bring glory to God.



Experience; suffering that puts strength, patience of faith to the test; afflictions or temptations that exercise and prove the graces or virtues of men. (Webster’s 1828 Dictionary)





The Bible is full of trials.

Consider them full joy the book of James chimes.

John 16:33 ensures there will be trials but that we should take heart. After all, Jesus has overcome the world.

Could trials be necessary?

Could trials be necessary?

Might they link arms with spiritual maturity and God glory?


In the Bible Subject Guide of Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance awaits a list of trial’s designs. Here are a few:

~ Purify faith (1 Peter 1:6-9)

So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. (1 Peter 1:6-7) NLT

~ Increase patience (James 1:3, 4, 12)

For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. James 1:3-4 NLT

~ Glorify God (1 Peter 4:12-16)

…don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. Instead, be very glad—for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world. 1 Peter 4:12-13 NLT


Scripture sums it up nicely. With eternal focus, good can come from trials. Trials offer opportunity for God’s light to shine, His glory to glow. Consider them pure joy, my friend.


kristi_woodsKristi Woods is a writer and speaker passionate about seeing women walk deeper with God. She clicks her words of encouragement at www.KristiWoods.net regularly and is published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Dreams and Premonitions as well as on various blogs. Kristi, her retired-from-the-military husband, and their three children survived a nomadic lifestyle and have now set roots in Oklahoma. Connect with Kristi here: Facebook,Twitter, Instgram, and Pinterest

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