James 1:2-4 (NIV)
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
During the past months we have received reports from my doctors that in the human mind are hard to understand. Today’s verses have been a real encouragement. No life is free from encounters with pain, disappointment, struggles, and temptations. We all go through storms and through them, we either become better, or we become bitter.
If we choose to focus on our misery during these storms, our love for God can grow cold. We will question His sovereignty: “Where was God when I needed Him? How could He allow this to happen to me?” Our passion and fervor for God begin to wane, and though we pray or attend church, there is now an invisible wall between us and God.
Although enduring storms is never easy, we can often look back on them as some of the more intense periods of growth in our lives. If we choose to depend on God in the midst of our storms, we will come through them with greater faith, commitment, and effectiveness for Christ. Sometimes it is in our darkest and most turbulent storms that we see our greatest victories.
Let’s pray for each other as we all go through the trials of life that we may be strong and receive the victory that God has for each one of us.
Dear Lord, as we go through the storms in life we pray that we would stay focused on You. We pray that we would allow the difficult time to grow and become more like You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.