James 1:3 (KJV)
Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
Being human, I know I am not the only one that questions “Why is this happening to me?” As a matter of fact I’m sure we could all say we have said that once or twice in our life time. But why do we say it? Why do we question God’s moves in our lives? When things that we don’t like enter our lives we automatically presume it’s God’s judgment on us for something we did.
Job 8:6 (KJV) If thou wert pure and upright; surely now he would awake for thee, and make the habitation of thy righteousnes prosperous.
Even Job’s friends thought this, but that’s not true. Bad things happen to good people, to make them better people. If bad things never happened to you character growth would be flawed. Your faith wouldn’t grow. Trials come to test our faith. We are tested every day to keep the faith. Every day we have to take another test, another trial to try our faith.
James 1:3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
More trials means more chances to prove your faith, to prove your loyalty to Jesus Christ. Bad things are guaranteed to happen in life, and when one comes what will happen? Will you praise Him in the midst of these troubles? Most of us would say “Sure I will, I will always praise God.” But are you 100% sure you would? Think for a minute. If a loved one died today, would you really praise God? In reality, most of us would forget about God. That’s reality. As much as you say you wouldn’t, you cannot guarantee that you would still be the same. Trials of faith help us, they form us to become a better us. So when those trials do come, we can find solace in Jesus Christ. We can be comforted in the midst of a storm. We can have a peace that the world can’t give. Daily life is giving you tests. Daily life you are forming to become a better human being. Daily tests come unexpectedly, and are you 100% guaranteed you will pass? Have you studied for the test? Small little things happen all the time that rock us off our pedestal, that’s normal to get knocked down, just don’t forget to get back up. Bad things aren’t a judgment, its a test. Put yourself in these positions, Noah in the ark. Abraham offering Isaac as a sacrifice. Moses challenging pharaoh. The children of Israel marching around the walls of Jericho. What would be your questions to these situations? Possibly “why Lord?” or “why me?” But what did they do? Each of them overcame and conquered! How?
- Noah: Hebrew 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark…
- Abraham: Hebrew 11:17 “By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac:”
- Moses: Hebrew 11:27 “By faith he (Moses) forsook Egypt,”
- Children of Israel: Hebrew 11:30 “By faith the walls of Jericho fell down,”
By faith, we can conquer and overcome anything. That’s why we have all these small trials. That’s why we have small problems. To make for bigger trials, to have bigger faith.
– Micah Rice