“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” (James 1:2-4, NLT)
“Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. 3 You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. 4 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.” (James 1:2-4, The Message)
I’ve used these Scriptures in the past and written and very similar post a few years ago, but I felt very strongly to write on this again. Usually, when difficult times come our way the last thing we do is rejoice about it. I’ve always related this to being tested in school. If we have studied for the test and understand the material, we can consider it joy when the test is given because we know we have the knowledge we need to pass the test.
This is why it is so important to know what the Word of God says about our situation. We must study and have truth in us. We can’t wait until the test comes. There may be times in your life when you don’t have time to open your Bible and look for 3 Scriptures about your situation, you may need an immediate answer and if you’ve done your studying, that answer will immediately come into your spirit and mind.
When you’re tested in the natural, in school, your endurance and confidence grows in the subject because you’ve studied and pass the test. You’ve been able to prove that you have the knowledge to pass. I like The Message version of the passage above. Verse 2 & 3 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.”
When we face tests in the spiritual life we live, your faith is what will cause you to either pass or fail the test. Now, if you’ve read enough of my posts you know that I do not believe that God puts bad things on us to teach us a lesson, that’s Old Covenant preaching. However, we can’t avoid struggles in this human, imperfect life. We can’t avoid the enemy that tries to steal, kill, and destroy. That’s why we’ve been given the manual to study and the Holy Spirit as our tutor and helper. So that when the tests come, you can count it all joy because you have the knowledge and faith that it will take to pass the test. And when you do, your endurance and confidence will grow.
Be men and women of strong faith, because when the test comes, faith will pass the test.