James 1:2-4 in the Message Bible says…
Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.
Strong convictions strengthen.
Growing through challenges has to do with your convictions – what you truly believe. How do you see God? Do you see Him as forgiving and loving? If so, you will be able to trust Him to sustain you through difficulties. But if you see God as a distant, harsh judge who waits for you to slip up so He can punish you, then you will run from Him in hard times because you’ll see Him as the problem instead of the answer.
Worry and fear will rob you of faith and prevent you from moving forward. But when you trust God you will have a firm belief in His reliability and a confident expectation that He will carry you through anything that confronts you.
Maximising your life means taking every opportunity to learn and grow. No one escapes challenges and trials; the difference is in how you face them. Take James’s advice and consider these ‘a gift’, then you’ll approach any hardship from a position of strength and come through with increased confidence in God.
Is your life anchored?
Today, develop strong spiritual ‘muscle’ by spending time in His Word and taking it to heart. Determine to know God more intimately and through every storm, keep your hope anchored in Jesus.
PRAYER: Thank you Lord that my hope is anchored in You. No matter what comes my way, I choose to believe that You love me, You will provide for me and that my future is secure in Your hands.
* excerpt taken from Pastor Brian Houston’s blog
A daily devotion for a better way of living.