Have you ever heard someone say,
“Let me tell you about this amazing trial that I’m going through?”
Chances are you haven’t.
Trials are never fun. The Bible tells us to count a trial as joy.
What a dichotomy.
James, the brother of Jesus, reminds us we should, “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).
God’s ordered trials become our divine tests.
Few rejoice during trials? In fact, when faced with trials, it tempts us to lean into a “woe is me” attitude and look for anyone who will feel sorry for us.
Not a winning strategy.
However, trials have wins.
Medium writer, Barbara Henslee says;
“It’s not our circumstances that create gratitude; It’s the perception of our circumstances. We can’t make our happiness conditional on things outside our control. The more complex our life becomes, the more expectations we have. So, we must make choices. We make the choice to move through life with a sense of appreciation in all we receive and to be content with our lives and the choices we make.”
Trials begin from choices
Have you ever heard; What goes around comes around? The Bible calls this the law of sowing and reaping. Another way to say it-actions equal outcomes. So we circle back to choices.
Can you see what we receive is what we choose?
Let’s look at how our choices determine our outcome.
If we choose anger, we receive anger.
If we choose selfishness, we receive narcissism.
If we choose judgment; it’s a boomerang-return to sender.
If we choose to sin, we receive consequences.
If we choose joy, we receive joy.
We don’t always get what we want, but we always get what we choose
How many of us have learned to turn our trials into joy? Few of us.
Maybe our issues are similar. We need understanding as to how trials make us better.
Trials produce patience and patience produces a perfect outcome. So God says: trials produce something perfect.
Trials also produce the need for wisdom. A person in a trial needs more wisdom than someone without a trial. Right?
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”(James 1:5–8, ESV)
God allows trials to finish His perfect work
Here’s how a trial can become perfect.
· Count everything a joy
· Exercise patience
· Be wise and ask for wisdom
· Think twice about being double-minded
And finally, let’s be the one who can say, let me share this amazing trial I am going through?