Turning Trials Into Triumph
It seems that trials come in waves with short breaks in between. They sometimes leave people asking the question, “Where was God when I needed Him?” or “Why does God allow such things to happen?” Recently, my pastor delivered a sermon on the matter. His chosen scripture passage was James 1: 1-12. My pastor outlined four points taken from those verses that help answer the question, “Why am I going through this?”
Triumph Involves Attitude
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, lacking in nothing. – James 1: 2-4
What? People should be joyful in the midst of trials? Absolutely! This does not mean that we have to be happy about the trials we face, but the Bible makes it clear that Christians should consider it a joy because God does have a purpose. Verses 2-4 proclaim that the trials we face serve to test our faith. Testing leads to perseverance. Perseverance leads to maturity.
Other verses to support the need for a good attitude toward trials include:
Job: 1:20 – Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped.
Acts 20:22 – And now, behold, bound by the [a]Spirit, I am on my way to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there.
Romans 8:18 – For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
Romans 8:28 – And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
Triumph Involves Faith
If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like the wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think that he will receive anything from the Lord, he is a double-minded man, unstable in all that he does. – James 1: 5-8 [Read more…]