When trials come keep your head up
Many times in this life you will be challenged with circumstances that will test your faith. It’s during these times that you grow stronger and learn valuable lessons about perseverance. If you will allow God to work in these times you can come out on the other side a stronger wiser Christian believer.
James 1:2-4 says, “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.”
We have two choices when facing these trials; we can allow ourselves to become distraught, or we can look for the opportunity to grow in our faith. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
It’s only by truly trusting in God that we can even say we’re faithful to begin with. Facebook posts and church attendance do not measure our faith; it’s measured by our actions, especially when things aren’t just the way we’d like them to be. We have many fair-weather Christians out there that turn and run as soon as things get tough. However, it’s those battle-hardened individuals that remain faithful in the bad times that truly grow into the spiritually strong believers God desires.
Even when Job was facing his trials, He stood in the faith knowing that God was worthy of His praise. Job made a statement that is a true representation of faith. He said, “Though you slay me Lord, I will serve you anyway.”
Job understood that God was much bigger than any problem he would face, and no matter what, He could trust in Him.
My God is big enough to handle any circumstance. If you’re going through a sickness, a divorce, a financial struggle, or any other trial; you can be sure that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is more than capable of getting you through it. God wants you to have faith in His abilities, not your own.
The next time a trial come’s and stares you in the eye, look back at it and hold your head up, you just might find out that God is exactly who He says He is and can do exactly what He says He can do.
Hang in there because God loves you and cares about you. And if He loves and cares for you, He will surely comfort, protect, and provide for your needs.
Remember, God in the good times is still the same God in the bad times.
God bless and have a great week in the Lord.
Wade Phillips is the senior pastor at Madisonville Christian Fellowship.