By: Roslyn Maglione
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. (James 1:2-3 NIV)
Why does it always seem that when one thing goes wrong, 100 other things go wrong? Or when you are facing the storm of your life, you then have a hurricane added in to deal with on top of it? We feel these things happening because we are human; we are imperfect creatures that always think our lives should be picture-perfect or easy. That is what the world wants you to think, that life should be easy and without conflict or hardships and if there are difficulties there is a product, drug, or plan to fix it. I know that when I first came to faith in Jesus Christ, I thought that it would be my path to the stress-free life; that I would no longer have fear, disappointments, money issues, marital strife, or children that made poor decisions. That lasted all of two minutes!
But the good thing is that I went to the Bible and read and listened to people that had been living in the faith much longer that could explain why there is still hard times and God will never give you more than you can handle. Our suffering should be considered a blessing because God is preparing us for the next step in our faith. He wants us to rely on Him, not on ourselves or things of this world. When we are right in the middle of the storm, sometimes it is hard to see Jesus right there beside us because we become so focused on the problems that we miss the teaching moments and the opportunity to give in knowing that we will be taken care of and that there is a reason for our difficulties.
Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. (Matthew 11: 28 & 30)
We must always strive to not let our next catastrophe keep us from trusting God; have faith that God will always be with you. Go to Him, rest in His peace, and know that HE is strengthening you and preparing you to be confident in Him always.
I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. (Matthew 17:20)