The Acid Test

JP: Joel Tetreau is a graduate of Central Seminary and Pastor of Southeast Valley Baptist Church (Gilbert, AZ). I have a brief comment below the excerpt.

The Acid Test: Handling Life’s Pain


… in order to grow us in the knowledge and image of Christ, God takes His children through the crucible of life’s challenges. Most of God’s children regularly go through cycles of uncomfortable and difficult times. Solomon said that the problems of life are as predictable as the sparks flying upward from a fire (Job 5:7). God reveals in His Word that He has a myriad of reasons to allow troubles to assault His children.

While trouble is a normal part of living “in faith” and “by faith,” most of us will experience a handful of times when the pain is so dark, the hurt so real, and the loss so deep that these occurrences mark us with scars we will carry with us through the rest of our lives. This kind of pain goes beyond our ability to satisfactorily communicate. It lives inside a separate compartment in our minds. It often becomes almost sacred to us, a private collection of experiences that go to the very essence of who we are. Most of us take these experiences to the grave.

Comment: If you live long enough, sooner or later you will experience trials. One role of the body is to comfort those who are so tested.

2 Corinthians 1:3-5, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ.”

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