None of us like tough times. Really, I mean who wants to go through a time of trial or worry. None of us do. I don’t, you know, not a single one of us. We all wish that we could avoid these times. But you know what we see when we look at the Bible?
It’s not going to happen. We all are all going to go through tough times. It’s just part of the deal being human. Trials, storms, and tough times will come. Faith doesn’t prevent them from coming, but faith gives us strength when those things hit us. Faith gives us a hope and a belief in the darkest times.
But here’s something else the Bible says. Count these storms as a joy. Listen to what it says today in James 1: 2-4:
2 My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; 4 and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing.
James says count these trials as joy. Why? Because these tests produce endurance and endurance grows our faith. Our faith matures and lacks nothing. When we go through tough times, you know what we find? All we need is Jesus.
And if we have Jesus, we all have all that we need.
When these trials come against us, they can (if we allow) draw us closer to God. And went our trials draw us closer and closer and closer to God, they become for us, in a redemptive way, blessings.
Here’s the thing. It’s up to us if these trials are blessings or curses. How we handle them. How we deal with them. How we allow them to affect our faith. That’s up to us.
The old saying is when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. What faith can do it will allow us to see those lemons as lemonade. Through the eyes of faith, we can see that the lemons are actually lemonade. These trials are good things. They make us tougher. They make us stronger. They may us lean more and more on Jesus.
God will actually use these trials for our faith. We may not enjoy them at the time, we probably won’t. But in time, we will look back and say – at that moment, then, that’s when my faith grew. That’s when I trusted. That’s when I clung tight to Jesus. Then.
Today, let’s not have lemons. Let’s have lemonade. And let’s see exactly what it is that God will do with all our lives!
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