What is the purpose of trials in our lives? This is a question that all Christ followers need a good answer to if they are to think rightly about God and His purposefulness in sovereignly orchestrating our conditions in this life. Pastor Daniel drives home the point in this message that “Trials are not eternal torments but are temporary tests that reveal our trust in Christ.” As the disciples found themselves in the midst of the storm on the Sea of Galilee, they did all that they could to try and save themselves as Jesus took a nap during this time of distress. But Jesus, responding to their cries, rebuked the storm and then the disciples for their lack of faith. While this seems harsh to us, it illustrates for us what faith in a sovereign Lord actually means. It will call us to 1) follow Him into storms, 2) trust Him in the midst of storms, and 3) understand that He ordains storms.
Summary by Seth Kempf, Bethany Community Church Staff