“Count it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, when you face trials of many kinds, because you know the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance do its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously without finding fault.”
James 1:2-5 (NIV)
This verse has been showing up and out in my life recently! God is clearly trying to tell me something! I am surrounded by hearers, teachers, and doers of the word. I’m grateful for the many divine appointments that I have had with my spiritual advisory board, but what they can’t do is learn my life lessons for me.
I don’t like tests, trials, obstacles, or whatever you want to call it. I’m just being honest. I get nervous. I can’t think straight. I feel helpless.
That’s why I got held back. I didn’t learn the lesson.
Our educational curriculums contain skill sets and core competencies that one must master in order to get promoted to next level. I remember at the end of the school year I couldn’t wait to see that check mark next to “PROMOTED” on my report card. I would jump for joy. I couldn’t say the same for my walk with God though.
I got held back because I didn’t master the lessons during my trial. I get it now. God was trying to show me my areas of improvement, but I was not “counting it all joy”. I would say things like:
Why me? I’m a good person.
Seems like every time I get ahead, something always comes up.
What did I do to deserve this?
It’s no fair
What’s wrong with me?
Sound familiar? James 1:2-5 was the scripture for bible study at my church two weeks ago. I am still learning to look at my trials in a new way. It’s tough. The difference is now I understand why trials and tests occur. I am praying for wisdom to respond the right way.
God is testing his product (me) to ensure that I am fit for duty (what he has in store) before he promotes me.
So, are you mastering your lessons or are you being held back?
3 Things to Consider:
- Trials are the training grounds for success (not just monetary)
- Enduring the trial will yield: growth, maturity, a firm foundation, help build your faith muscle, a testimony to help someone else get through
- Trials will come, just like rain. Remember you’re covered!
I wish you all a productive and prosperous week!
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