Trials are a surety in life. “Whatever doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger,” is how the old saying goes. “No Pain, no gain” is another catchy one. Personally, I like the way James 1:2-5 addresses trials:
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
Ever notice how hard it is to stay the course, when everything around you is falling down? In the midst of real struggles, it may seem impossible to find joy in the testing of your faith. But that’s what we’re supposed to do. We’re challenged to look beyond our present circumstances and recognize God’s presence right in the middle of our struggles.
Perhaps you’re down to your last few dollars, but somehow your needs are still met. Maybe you’re marriage is rocky, but the thread hasn’t been broken yet. Maybe your dream seems a million miles away, but somehow, tiny doors of opportunity still open up effortlessly.
Tonight I want to challenge you to look at the big picture of your trial. Within that snapshot, find that subtle blessing that continues to provide amidst the constant struggle. That’s your joy. That’s God walking you through the struggle.