Chapter 1. American Express Cards and Trials

Introduction

If you have ever seen an American Express Card commercial on television, you know they have one key phrase at the end of the commercial that has made them famous. It is “Don’t leave home without it.” For many people today, that seems to describe their lives when it comes to the matter of trials, testing, tribulations, and trouble. They don’t leave home without them. Their lives are filled with one problem after another.

Whether you like it or not, trials are going to be a part of your life. They may not affect you everyday. Thank God for that and be grateful to Him. God gives seasons of peace and calm, but eventually a trial will surface, no matter who you are.

Whether you are living in sin or living for Jesus Christ every day and serving the Lord, trials will pop up. This usually happens unexpectedly or suddenly, like white mushrooms that pop up overnight in the grass of your front yard. Yep, trials are a definite part of life. Job spoke about this in the book of Job.

Job 5:7 — Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.

Job 14:1 — Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.

So why do people go through trials? Why do they happen? What causes them? How do they affect us? Do they have any benefits? In this series of messages, we will look from Genesis to Revelation and try to lay out for you the answers to these questions. God’s Word does provide answers to them.

In these studies, we will look at all the different types of trials that are found in the Bible and the lessons they teach. We will study the responses we should have toward our trials and the treasures they yield to us. We will examine the examples of the lives of people who went through trials and how God used them in their lives and the lessons they teach.

By the time we finish these messages, I hope you will have a better understanding of your trials, tests, troubles, and tribulations, and realize there are treasures that are found within them. In so doing, it will help you to cope with trouble, and find calm, courage, and confidence in the Lord. Let’s start off by looking through the Bible at the different types of trials we might face.