Growing Through Trials

July 8, 2020

Read James 1:2-4

“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.”
 
Reflect

What trials have you encountered lately? How did you react? Looking back, can you see any benefits of that trial in your spiritual life?

When my spouse and I were first married, we did not experience many trials. Everyone talked about how difficult the first year of marriage can be, but for many months, it seemed like we were escaping any form of trouble. We integrated our lives seamlessly. We didn’t argue. They didn’t annoy me. To be honest, I kind of wondered what people were talking about when they said marriage is hard.

But about 9 months in, we found out we were expecting our first baby. And the following week, we suffered a miscarriage. There is nothing quite like the trial of loss to test a relationship. Will the loss bring us closer together or rip us apart? It all depends on how we react.

Thankfully, our marriage stood up to the test. We drew closer to each other, we leaned on the Lord, and our relationship was strengthened. The loss of our baby was not a joy. But through that devastating experience, our marriage and our faith matured. And now we stand stronger, more steadfast as we continue to navigate more trials over the course of our relationship.

Our relationship with God is very similar. When hardships come our way, do we draw closer to Him or lean away from Him? Our faith is being tested. If we endure the test, we grow in perseverance. Endurance produces more endurance. Our faith becomes more steadfast, immovable, and unwavering in the face of whatever trials the future holds.

James says to consider it joy when we go through hard times. We may not love the experience, but we can choose joy in the face of the trial because it is teaching us and growing us. It is even deepening our relationship with our heavenly Father. And if that isn’t a reason for joy, what is?


Pray

Lord, trials are so hard. But I know you are using them in my life to draw me closer to you and to strengthen my faith. Please give me the strength to endure the hard times. Amen.

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Trials after trials but I know Jesus is helping me through all these trials because he promised to never leave nor forsake me and I believe His word because they are true.
Trails in life but Jesus is helping me thru no friend like Jesus ,my father he is everything to me .
I should count it all joy, Jesus is right there beside every step with me.
Thank you Father for seeing me through my trials and tribulations! May I look back and learn from them when faced with new trials that come up ! Thank You in Jesus name I pray Amen ✝️🙏🇺🇸
I need so much more of faith and perseverance. My husband has an anger problem and it grows more the older he gets. He’s had strokes, to add to the problem. I pray Dear Lord to make it through these trials.
Amen
I am grateful. I didn't understand at first why I was going through so much but God remind me that it's to make me strong, to have faith, to trust him, to lean and depend on him. To worship him more and more.
Lord, thank you for talking reside me during my trials !
Thank you Yulia for reminding me of this today. You are 'spot on' when you say:" there is nothing quite like trial or loss to test a relationship". I have had both trial and loss, and both are painful experiences. But, during this time was where God gave me extra strength and grace to persevere. It wasn't easy, I know He was testing and teaching me. I also experienced His faithful in the past so I could trust Him in the present. So as I mature and grow in Him and His word, I can say like Habakkuk 3:17-18: "Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; though the labor of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food; though the flocks may be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls. Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation".
Lord, thank a you for Bill. Thank You for helping him to live above all the noise and distractions of this world in the form of a pandemic. Thank You that his gaze is on You. Thank You now for healing his body from this spider bite and that even right now You are removing any toxins from his body. Thank You Jehovah Rapha for being our Healer!!! Amen.
Soo Thankful that the Lord's Word is True; and, that these results are sure. Thank You!
Lord, I thank you for the trials of the Pandemic & now of dealing with a poisonous spider bite. Please enable me to grow through these experiences.
Trials are difficult and often emotionally and physically painful. Joy comes when God sustains and grows your faith in him. The weaker our strength in controlling our circumstances and trusting that Jesus is with us and leading us gives great joy because our relationship with him is growing. Thank you Lord Jesus. Amen
Kyle sometimes trauma in our lives leaves us with such raw emotions that we have difficulty getting past. I pray that God will show you that He was with you and was the one that brought you through all of it. I pray you can focus on the truth of His word for you now and let Him heal you through receiving the true love He has for you. I’ve had to walk through this myself and God is faithful. Will continue to pray for you.❤️
Growing in the grace and knowledge of God will give us a different perspective. It will help understand that we're not just "going" through but we are "growing" through our trials in order to encourage others about God's faithfulness. There are treasures in the darkness.
Trails and I keep falling but Jesus is so very faithful.what more can I say expect forgive me lord and thank you father
As of late, I've been resistant in thanking God for the trials I've been through in my life; They produced too much trauma! Instead of me having a good attitude, they only produced the opposite effect. I guess God has a sence of humor; Right?
Lord Jesus, thank you for being ny anchor during these testing times. Thank you for strengthening my faith as we go through these trials together. Even when I am weaken in my faith I am reminded of your promise that when I am weak you are strong, an invitation to lean into you and more on you. Lord, continue to have mercy on us.
DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER;JESUS HELP US ENDURE HARD TIMES FOR YOUR GLORY ME & ALL MY FAMILY;HELP US 24/7;ETC;THANKYOUJE$U$!@1