“These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold.” (1 Peter 1:7 NLT)
“What’s inside must come out” Luke 6:45 “The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
When the pressure is on, when you are backed into a corner, “How will you handle stress?” Will you depend on yourself, or will you depend on God? Do you blame God for the test or rest in his hands for his grace is sufficient? Psalm 50:15 says, “Call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me” (NIV).
Do you turn to God when everything seems to fall apart when your pain is the only thing you can see. Do you trust He is still there?
God often uses people and or circumstances in your life to test and stretch or develop your faith. These test always asks the question, “How will you handle disappointment?” “How will you respond when God remains silent during your test?” Life is often disappointing. Loss of Job, troubled marriages, and even ministry plans don’t turn out the way we planned them. The one test I continue to go through, the most disappointing thing I have experienced in life, is people. Why you may ask? We get disappointed by people because we expect them to meet a need that only God himself can meet. This is the test that is truly personal to me and my life right now. I pray through my vulnerability that God can speak to your heart about your trials and test.
We all know that one person whose entire life has been one big test. Is that you? When is the last time you analyzed your response during a test rather than complain of the test. People are not the problem, and they’re not the answer to the problem either. The answer is God. When you place your happiness in the hands of other people you are always doomed for disappointment.
James 1:4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and complete wanting nothing. (ESV)
Perfect- Reflects the biblical idea of maturity, defined as a right relationship with God that bears fruit in a sincere endeavor to love Him with all one’s heart in undivided devotion, obedience and blamelessness. Jeremiah 17:7 says, “Blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence” (NLT).
James 1:12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. (ESV)
– Brandon Lien