We need to trust God in ALL situations, even when we do not have a clear direction and even when we are going through trials and sufferings. “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters. Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.” (1 Peter 4:12-19 KJV) We are told throughout the Bible that Christians will suffer. The Bible also tells us that suffering can be a time of testing our faith. The Bible even tells us that we are to rejoice in our sufferings. “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” (James 1:2-4 KJV) Christians should not be surprised when trials and sufferings come. In fact, we should expect them because God uses them to test our faith. The Bible says. “The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.” (Psalm 11:5 KJV) God loves us and He can and will use our trials and sufferings to test our faith. The Hebrews were in the wilderness for forty years and God was using that time to test them and to teach them. The Bible says: “All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers. And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no. And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.” (Deuteronomy 8:1-3 KJV) God, as our lovingly Father, provides for our needs and will also discipline us when it is needed just as He did with the Hebrews. Yes, God continues to give His children opportunities to grow in faith through trials and sufferings. “Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.” (1 Peter 4:19 KJV) Our response to trials and sufferings continues to be one of complete trust in God who loves us.