Why Trials?

By Marc Massery

Do you ever wonder why the Lord allows you to experience trials and difficulties? Especially when many who don’t follow the Lord often appear to thrive? 

In her Diary, St. Faustina complains to the Lord about all the trials He allowed her spiritual director, Blessed Michael Sopocko, to go through. Jesus told her:

Write that by day and by night My gaze is fixed upon him and I permit these adversities in order to increase his merit. I do not reward for good results but for the patience and hardship undergone for My sake. (86)

If you haven’t figured it out by now, the Lord is not a genie who grants the wishes of those who follow Him. At the same time, He doesn’t merely want Blessed Michael to suffer. Far from it! He wants him to prosper, but not in material possession or worldly success. He wants him to prosper in virtue and graces. 

If you want to build muscle or learn a new skill, you need to undergo difficulties in order to achieve results. It’s similar in our walk with the Lord. He allows trials and difficulties because He knows that if we trust in Him amidst our struggles, we will grow in virtue and holiness. Blessed Michael understood this. He trusted that even when trials came His way, the Lord would see him through and reward him for his efforts. 

We ought to feel sorry for those who don’t follow the Lord. Sure, they may appear to prosper for a time. But in this fallen world, everyone faces hardships and trials eventually. We’re not meant for this earth. All worldly comforts will ultimately pass away. Those who don’t follow the Lord will be in for a tough time when they inevitably face a hardship that they don’t have the grace to bear. So, when the Lord is allowing you to undergo a trial, guard yourself against envy. When you have the Lord on your side, you have everything. Trust that He will reward your efforts in ways the world can never know. 

Remember what Jesus said to His disciples:

Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock. And everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. And it collapsed and was completely ruined. (Mt 7:24-27)

Blessed Michael built His house on rock. No hardship overcame him. Instead, by God’s grace, he came through each trial, winning many souls for Christ and receiving many of the Lord’s invaluable graces. 

Photo by Hu Chen on Unsplash

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