Holy Confidence

Trusting God Through Trials and Tribulations

Today is Day 1 of our week of guest posts, so let’s look at what our first guest blogger, Alonda Tanner, has to say about #HolyConfidence and Philippians 1:6.

Being confident in this very thing, that He who begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.

Philippians 1:6

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I’m not immune to asking why. When adversity hits that’s the first place my mind is tempted to run. Why, God? When you could pull me out of this hardship with the whisper of your words, why am I still here? Can you relate?

Adversity often attacks our confidence in God’s goodness and sovereignty. We see it as evidence of His absence in our lives or sometimes even the hand of the enemy at work. Although it may be true that in some cases the enemy plays a role in the hardships we endure (as demonstrated in the Bible through the book of Job) I believe God has a plan for the adversities we face. He has a pretty good track record for it dating back to the Old Testament and continuing to present day. Here are a few quick examples.

Joseph was sold by his brothers into slavery in Egypt. He was wrongly imprisoned for twelve years of his life because of false accusations made against him by Pharaoh’s wife. I can imagine he felt abandoned and forgotten; but what He called being abandoned, God called being positioned and through chain of what seemed like unfortunate events God raised up one of His own to save an entire nation from death by famine (Genesis chapters 39-41).

God can use our trials.

Shortly after the Hebrew people fell under the kingship of a new Pharaoh, one who didn’t recognize the Hebrew God for who He was and out of fear (of being overtaken by the growing nation of Israel) and pride he enslaved the Hebrew people. In response, God sent Moses and Aaron to bring the people out of Egypt; a bittersweet solution because it meant freedom was coming, but it didn’t happen without harsh punishment  (from the Egyptians) towards the Hebrew people and judgment towards the Egyptians. Although the plagues weren’t meant for the Hebrews they felt the sting of many of them. Plague after plague the Israelites felt worn and defeated. But what they say as defeat (because they were not yet free) was really God revealing His sovereignty, paving their way to victory. As God continued to make Himself known, the people inched closer and closer to their freedom (Exodus chapters 3-14). 

God can use our trials.

Then there is Paul. Paul the apostle. Paul who had the radical, one-of-a-kind heart transformation on the road to Damascus. Paul who committed his life to spreading the gospel and bringing unity to the church body. The same Paul who, because of his new beliefs, found himself… in prison. Did you know it was there that many of his letters in the Bible were written. Yet there is theme through out each of  his letters that keeps him hopeful and focused. He points it out himself in Philippians 1:6,

Being confident in this very thing, that He who begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.

 Have you ever felt unqualified for “God-work” because of the circumstances of your life? Like you have to maintain a B+ average for God to do anything noteworthy through you? I’ve stumbled over that block many times but always seem to find hope in Paul’s words. I love that Paul uses the key words, “good work” in this letter to the church. In the Old Testament when godly kings and leaders encouraged each other to live righteously and declare God’s goodness through the land they often said, “be courageous, do the good works.” Paul is encouraging the church of Philippi in that same way. He is reminding them that we can trust God to make a way for us to minister in the capacity that He has called us to; that there is purpose in our struggles, and that He is committed to seeing it through.

Paul expands on this point just a few verses later explaining how God used what many deemed an interruption to Paul’s mission and ministry to further the gospel and make God’s name known in one of the most unlikely places we could imagine. Right there in a prison cell. Philippians 1:12 – 13 reads,

“But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel, so that is has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ; and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains are much more bold to speak the word without fear.”

The enemy uses adversity as a tool to weaken our faith. God uses adversity as a means of perfecting our faith and furthering the gospel. The above words written by Paul lead us into three important truths to remember when dealing with trials and tribulations:

  1. Every trial is an opportunity to point lost souls towards the faithfulness of God.
  2. Having confidence in Christ in the midst of trials builds the faith of those around us.
  3. God is faithful and present in our trials.

Like Paul, as believers, no matter how messy our lives or circumstances may seem, we can be “…confident in this very thing, that He who begun a good work in us will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.

Alonda Tanner | Author Bio

Alonda Tanner _ HeadshotHi friends! I’m Alonda Tanner. I also go by Lo. I’m an Alaska Grown wife and mom, with an ever-growing love for Jesus, books, and sparkling cider. In addition, I love serving the world by creating free education and resources that inspire women to prioritize Jesus and Christ-like living. I’m a firm believer a relationship with Jesus start with getting to know Him through the Bible. Ready to venture into a richness of scripture with me? Join us on the blog and in our Women’s Bible Study group on Facebook.

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