Trials aren’t fun. To be honest, if I see one coming, I make every effort to avoid it. I question You, Lord, when I read Your words spoken through Your servant James that tell me to consider trials as “pure joy.” Really? Pure joy?
You gently remind me of my past trials and how You were in the midst of all of them. You show me Your perspective: that difficulty and struggle are not necessarily the enemy, that sometimes You are molding my character. You are teaching me not to sin during my trials but to seek You so that I will possess everything I need in life. It is Your wisdom that helps me to discern the challenges I face. Your truth tells me, Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing (James 1:2–4 ESV).
Though life is sometimes difficult, I am learning total reliance upon You. So as my faith grows in Your love, so does my perseverance. I know that You are transforming me into Your likeness—a complete follower who has been nourished by Your great faithfulness in the midst of my trials. There is no doubt that when I look back on my challenges, I will see Your hand of goodness and remember Your Word: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2 ESV). Knowing Your truth, I can handle anything.