Wednesday, June 21, 2017
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1: 2-4
The objective of life in Christ is to conform us to the image of Jesus Christ. The trying of our faith helps us to develop Christ-like ways. Take a moment and reread today’s scripture above.
What is James saying to us? He is saying that the difficult situations should make us better people, not bitter. We must choose how we want to be.
The Greek word for trials (peirasmoi) refers to persecution and troubles from the world or Satan. The things that have happened may be terrible but our response must be good to please God. We must meet these trials with joy knowing that at the end of it all we would have developed a persevering faith, proven character and mature hope. Our faith can only reach full maturity when faced with difficulty and opposition.
The kingdom of God demands a people of faith. Faith is the language of heaven. Faith is the only thing that causes God to respond to our prayers. What will develop our faith? The situations that God brings us through.
Our faith can increase when we hear the testimonies of others and witness what God does for them, but, it is only after we have come through a dark season ourselves, that we can look back and truly know that God is who He says He is.
Just think for a moment, what had God brought YOU through?
Adapted from an Excerpt from “Stuff Happens” by Diann J. Wilson