1. Trials show God’s power
Judges 7:2 (NKJV)
And the Lord said to Gideon, “The people who are with you are too many for Me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel claim glory for itself against Me, saying, ‘My own hand has saved me.’
2. Trials align my dependence on God
1 Corinthians 1:28
God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are …
1 Corinthians 1:29
… so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.
1 Corinthians 1:31
So that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
3. Trials show the dependability of God
1 Peter 3:14
But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled …
1 Peter 3:15 … but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you …
4. Trials remind us and others that God is infinitely valuable
Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls …
… yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. God, the Lord, is my strength …