“Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith–life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well–developed, not deficient in any way.” James 1:2-4 TM
Pandemic, quaratine, economic downturn, job loss, social injustice, rioting, natural disasters. We’ve been facing a lot these last couple months. My family has been quite a bit of stress lately with our businesses and many changes in our lives. It can all be pretty overwhelming; I find myself just wanting to get out from under all of it. Do you ever get like that?
Most of us never grow in our faith, because we never put it to the test. We fight so hard to just always be comfortable that we bypass what the challenges in our lives could be telling us. We scratch and claw to get out of hard times or circumstances; we put everything on hold until we’re out of it, so much so that we miss out on what God has for us right in the middle of it.
We work so hard to get out of every uncomfortable situation we are in. Rather than running from every hard situation and just trying to get through it, what if we turned to the Lord and to our faith? What if we “let it do it’s work” in us?