In response to today’s nudge regarding the character of God, I am posting an article entitled, “The God Of Absolutes”: http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2007/11/30/the-god-of-absolutes/.
Even though the thoughts and whims of man are constantly changing, God’s promises do not change (Hebrews 6:10-20). We can count on Him to be with us in every situation and trial that we face (Psalm 23:4; cf. Isaiah 43:1-2).
“Time is filled with swift transition; Naught of earth unmoved can stand; Build your hopes on things eternal, Hold to God’s unchanging hand”: http://www.paradisepbc.org/singing/Hold%20to%20Gods%20Unchanging%20Hand.mp3
A detail of Jesus’ trials? There was no trial to it, just some trumped up charges by false witnesses who perverted the truth (Matthew 26:57-63).
Brother Wayne Jackson lists other violations of Jesus’ right to a fair and unbiased trial:
See Jackson, Part 1: http://www.christiancourier.com/articles/701-the-theological-implications-of-the-trial-of-jesus-part-1
See Jackson, Part 2: http://www.christiancourier.com/articles/705-the-theological-implications-of-the-trial-of-jesus-part-2
What trial has made me stronger? When I, along with 550 other folks, was laid off from a major gas pipeline company back in 1996. Many of us could have retired with just a few days until retirement, but the company’s cutoff date prevented that from happening. For a while, I was bitter, but later on realized that the layoff caused me to trust in the Lord more than I ever had before.
There’s a positive aspect in trials and tribulations, in that they cause us to trust in the Lord for everything we have, and be thankful that we have such a loving and caring God.
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.