God sends trials to strengthen our trust in him.”
– Edmund Clowney
The Apostle Peter tells us, “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you” (1st Pet 4:12). In other words, it shouldn’t surprise us because God will send trials in order to strengthen our trust in Him and not trust in ourselves or in our ability to “hold on.” It is “when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps” (1st Pet 2:20-21).