What’s the deal with going through trials? Isn’t it hard enough with an enemy working against us and our own bad decisions? Apparently the shaping and molding that we need requires pressure, and that’s where trials work their best.
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, (Jam 1:2) Trials test our faith. Will we freak out, or will we turn to God for help? That’s exactly what He’s looking for. Who will you turn to when the pressure’s on? It’s easy to fall back on habit and fear, but God is trying to get us to turn to Him. He may not take us out of the trial, but He’ll definitely go through it with us and work it all out.
That trust produces patience. Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. (Jam 1:3-4) Now that’s something to be joyful about. All that pressure to mold and shape us to trust God does something in our spirit that God sees as perfect. And the next time you hit that situation again, you’ll respond in trust.
It won’t be easy or fun, but it won’t be bad either. When you feel the peace of God when you really, really need Him, you know it’s going to be ok. You’re being made perfect!