My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials. —James 1:2
God is in control of all circumstances that surround the believer. The devil can do nothing in the life of the believer without the express permission of God. But why would God give that permission? Because Satan’s attacks will show what you are made of.
UNSHAKEABLE FAITH is A faith that cannot be shaken is a faith that has been shaken. And if your faith is real, it will even endure through the worst of circumstances because character is not made in crisis; it is revealed. For example, when tragedy struck Job, we find him worshipping God, but we find his wife saying, “Are you still trying to maintain your integrity? Curse God and die”. Trials, temptations, and crises separate the wheat from the chaff, the true from the false, and the real from the unreal.
Trials help us grow spiritually and makes us stronger in our faith. James reminds us, “For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing” (James 1:3-4).
UNSHAKEABLE FAITH: Trials take our faith from the realm of theory to reality, and suffering brings glory to God. Anyone can be happy when the sky is blue and the sun is shining. But when a storm is hitting, it is a different matter. Satan claimed that Job only worshipped God because God was blessing him. But Job proved that he really did love God, because he worshipped Him before, during, and after his crisis.
God allowed the trial in Job’s life to strengthen his faith and to prove Satan wrong—and Job passed the test with flying colours. What a rebuke to the enemy. And what a powerful example for us today.
Prayer: Lord, give me inner strength to turn every trial into stepping stone to my breakthrough.
Scriptural Reading: James 1:1-8