One of the great struggles in the Christian walk is finding the means to be content in all circumstances. An even more daunting task is mustering the ability to praise God in the midst of terrible circumstances, and, if that isn’t enough…… try being thankful for the trials and tribulations as they come.
This has been a personal struggle for me especially in recent years. It seems as I get through each battle and find strength, a stronger battle is waiting to be fought on the other side. This is how I praise God in the midst of it. This is how I can be thankful for the trials that come….
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. -James 1: 24
This scripture can prove to be a very powerful reality as we endure the spiritual warfare that comes. Each trial can grow us deeper in our faith. Each storm can produce greater strength. Each battle can teach us more about our enemy and how to better utilize our weapons of warfare. Every victory can strengthen our faith and give us the perseverance to keep moving towards the prize that is Christ.
Whether we stand or whether we fall…it all depends on the attitude we take in the midst of our circumstances. We don’t have to smile or be “happy” all the time…but we can consider our suffering pure joy because God uses it to draw us closer to Him. He uses it to strengthen our faith and give us a supernatural ability to persevere. It is moving from trial to trial that carries us from glory to glory….and we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.
It is our suffering that brings us into fellowship with God. We can get through if we keep our eyes on our King.
Flavor Shot of the Day:
… “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. -2 Corinthians