“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4 (NIV)
“Why can’t we just get past this?”
The agitation in my voice revealed the frustration in my heart. I literally found myself pleading out loud to God last week. I just want to fix this thing and move on to my state of happiness. A family. A family of 3, and our pups. My mind and heart are weary from the extended battle.
I’m a fixer at heart, especially when it comes to my family. When I see one of them hurting or needing help, I want to make it better. Since I don’t like to see anyone I care for struggle, I imagine God our Father feeling the same way about us. Unlike me, rather than trying to help us avoid struggles, God understands they are often for our good. As James 1:2-4 says, trials can be precisely the thing that makes us grow.
God uses difficult times to mold us to become more like Him. When life flows smoothly, it’s tempting to go at it on our own. But when it is difficult, it is our reminder to run to the One who has the power we need to respond to life His way. As we do, our faith and level of perseverance will increase, which prepares us for the next struggle. All the while, we are becoming more like Him.
Scripture strengthens our resolve and fills in the overwhelming places as we trust God for the strength we need. Instead of begging to be let out of the trial, pray to grow in the trial.
Scripture tells us when we look at our trials as instruments of training and learn from them, we will come out mature and complete. We’ll be stronger than we were before — ready for all that God has ahead for us.
I have a thing. You have a thing. Everything has a thing that they are facing. Some sort of burden .. their own trial ..
Jesus, I feel anything but joy in the middle of this trial. Open my eyes to help me see these hard times as tools to strengthen me and bring me to a new level of maturity. Help me see them as preparation to take me even further in You.
Can I get an Amen?