One thing this life guarantees us is trials. No matter our age, social class or race, trials will impact and connect us. Tragedy and hardships are written in the plan for us. But, so is perseverance.
“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. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4 NIV)
But, how do we keep our faith when everything around us seems to be crumbling, or when waiting on God to answer our prayers seems to take longer than usual.
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33 NIV)
Through consistently seeking God first, we will develop and retain this mindset of joy and contentment. Even with no assurance if tomorrow will be better, we know that God will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). Because our life is not our own, whatever we think should be happening, when it should be happening, and how it should be happening will not move us.
“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” (Acts 20:24 NIV)
If we allow Him, God will lead us with intent. Likewise, we have to be intentional about facing the inevitable trials of life with perseverance. Being mean, downtrodden and angry won’t end these inconveniences any quicker nor will it set the foundation to be better equipped for the next trial. Persevering through suffering allows us to reach our greatest potential. New insight, wisdom and revelation are available to us if we just trust God. This too shall pass.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV)