From a Trial to a Testimony
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.
─ James 1:2-4
“How can you be so positive right now?” John asked his sister, Susan. “You are about to enter a courtroom, accused of something you didn’t do, and it looks bad.”
Susan smiled, “I know the truth. God holds my future in His hands. It’s not over until He says it’s over. I know the storms are going to be rough before they get better, but I trust Him.”
James isn’t encouraging us to pretend to be happy when trials come our way, but instead to stay positive, trusting that God will turn our trial into a testimony (James 1:2-4). In the midst of great trials, God has an opportunity to intervene with His power.
Moses was born to deliver God’s people out of slavery and bring them to the Promised Land. Each time he went to Pharaoh at God’s direction, requesting they be allowed to leave, Pharaoh increased their workload and withdrew the supplies he once provided. Moses expected faster results and fewer obstacles. Afterall, God had promised to deliver them.
The divine delays in the Israelites release was a part of God’s plan in spite of the hardships along the way. The challenges we face develop our patience and character as we trust God, honor Him in spite of the circumstances, and remember that He has not abandoned us but will definitely bring about His plan for our lives.
Today’s One Thing
Whatever hardship you are facing today, write down three ways you can count it all joy. Practice doing those three things this week.