Responding to the Testing Process
“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.” (James 1:2-3)
In His great wisdom, God has ordained that the perfecting of our faith and walk with Him should come by way of testing. God allows problems and circumstances to occur that will break our stubbornness, keep us dependent upon Him, and make us profitable for His service.
So often our first reaction to the pressures that accompany the testing process is to question God or try to escape, but should we?
Of course, there are times in all our lives when we feel defeated and would like to get away from it all. If that happens to 40- to 50-year-olds, we usually blame it on mid-life crisis. In reality, such crises come at every stage of life.
The great preacher, Charles Spurgeon, said, “Many men owe the grandeur of their lives to their tremendous difficulties.”
Until we come to the point of total dependence on God, in good times or bad, we are not really useful in His plan.
God, what is Your plan for me this day? I know You will be with me, no matter what happens.
Daily Scripture Reading: Genesis 38 - 40