”My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.” ~ James 1:2-3
Trials in life are certainly not desirable! They are not comfortable, they may cause us pain and inconvenience, but when they are brought by God into our lives there is most definitely something He wants us to learn from them! So the quicker we learn it, the sooner the “lesson” is complete; and we move on to the next one and so on and so forth, thus making us spiritually mature in Christ Jesus.
This whole process that God takes us through has the effect of molding us more and more into the image of Christ, so we certainly should “count it all joy” to be becoming more and more like our precious Savior!
However, God is not just helping us to grow when we experience trials and troubles in life; the unsaved around us are closely watching how we react to these problems we are faced with. Do we murmur and complain, or rage and shake our fist at God saying “Why me?!?!” That is how the world would handle troubles. God forbid that any child of God should act in such a way! But, sometimes we feel that way, don’t we? This is when we have to do what SHOULD come naturally to us, but sometimes doesn’t, and we must TRUST God with not just our hearts but our actions!
The Holy Spirit within us will enable us to persevere and even be joyful in these perilous times! We need to exercise self-control and patience, knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that God is still on His throne and still very much in charge of every single thing that touches our lives!! He will never leave us or forsake us!! Praise His Holy Name!!
Contributed by Mary Heuss Nelson