“…when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing” James 1:2-4, NLT.
Testing is no fun. Whether taking a math test, a driving test, or testing for jobs, they are just plain-old-not-fun. But what about when our Heavenly Father allows testing?
If there ever existed a man who was tested beyond extremes, that would be Job. Job lost everything: his health, his family, his flocks– everything. Yet he never wavered in his faith toward God. God allows us to go through testing to develop our character. He already knows the outcome. He knew that Job was going to keep the faith. Once Job successfully endured the test, he was blessed with double for his trouble (see Job 42:10). Can you imagine the level of faith Job possessed upon arriving to the other side? Seeing how God had stayed near, even when it felt as though He abandoned him, He tangibly saw the manifestation of God’s blessing.
James instructed us to consider it joy when testing comes our way because it gives our faith a chance to grow and deepens our trust. God’s power is made perfect in our weakness, and His manifestation is shown to the world when we allow for Him to work through our seemingly impossible situations.
I know the test is not fun, trust me, sister. There have been tests I have passed with little sweat. In fact, they were mere quizzes. Then there were those I thought I would never pass. I spent those tests on my knees in tears pleading for God to give me the answers. And sister, there are tests I endure this very day, as so do you. We are in this together. Know that your heavenly Father sees your struggles, your fight, and He sees your faithfulness and He will reward you accordingly. There is nothing He will let your endure on your own. He is always beside you, lifting you when you can not stand on your own, and preparing the way before you. His way is always your best interest. He knows what lies ahead and what to equip you with to get there. Trust in His ways, His methods, and His timing. And my sweet sister, know that “after you have suffered a little while, He will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast” (see 1 Peter 5:10). To God be the glory!
Prayer: Father, I don’t understand all of Your ways, but I trust in You. Help me get through this test, Lord, so my faith in You can be strengthened. Give me the strength and endurance I need to run this race, Lord. I love you and I trust in You and You alone. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Penned by: Gabrielle Elisco