Interesting play on words, trial here means trouble or misfortune , which in this case means tribulation. It actually became a cliche in the nineteenth century. In today’s world it is used more lightly than in the past. What is the difference between trials and tribulations from a faith based assessment?  “A tribulation is defined as a distress or suffering resulting from oppression or persecution.  … A trial is a test of the performance, qualities, or suitability of someone or something. In the sense of faith, God tests as individuals.”( )

On the other hand test means a critical examination, observation, or evaluation, which could then be described as a trial , of which this definition is given from a faith view; it then becomes a test of faith, patience, or stamina through subjection to suffering or temptation. Here where I live we have been under quarantine for forty days and forty nights. This weeks blog is very simple. In times of trials and tribulations we of the faith turn to God. There are many ways to do that in this digital world we live in but for me “The Word” is the best in times such as these. I also think that it could be a thing of comfort even for the non-believers. That is right, scripture contains words of comfort, direction and hope, simple things anyone is looking for in these times of uncertainty. To the unbeliever I encourage you to read the Bible. You are not required to believe to read. The God I serve loves you and in turn I do too.  So here are a few words from God’s book.

Psalm 27 1The LORD is the stronghold of my life– of whom shall I be afraid? When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh, when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall.

What God says about overcoming obstacles?

Joshua 1:9 Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Deuteronomy 31:6,8 Be strong and bold; have no fear or dread of them, because it is the Lord your God who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you.

What God says about never giving up?

Galatians 6:9

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

What’s a good scripture for comfort?

Psalm 27:13-14 I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. 

Isaiah 41:10 Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.

I hope you find comfort in these words and explore other scriptures as you seek some respite from the pressures of this life. I want to mention that I am very aware of the number of visitors to “The Pew” from other countries around the world. I want you to know how grateful I am for your visits to the Pew. Each day I pray for the community of faith all over the world, for the peace and understanding of God’s grace and the salvation of our souls through the blood of Jesus Christ. Thank you for being here in faith.

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