After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks. About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. // Acts 16:23-26
It's amazing to me how our trials are often the biggest opportunities for the glory of Christ to be seen in us. I wonder if that should change our perspective on how we go through trying seasons. Instead of asking God, "why me?” we could be asking Him, "What is it that you want to do in and through me in this season?"
Yes! Our trials exist to form and shape us for the purpose God has for us. And that's why the Bible says "Count it all joy when you face trials of many kinds…” (see James 1).
Peter needed his wilderness trial (when he denied Christ 3 times) to ready him to be bold at proclaiming the resurrected Christ in the beginning of the early church. We also see the same for David, in his wilderness experience, and Joseph, who had a dream but didn't have the character for it, so he spent 12 years of trial before he was released into his calling!
The stories and examples are endless, but will we be people who can understand the purpose of our trials and "rejoice" in them because we know God is forming us?