Dear brothers, is your life full of difficulties and temptations? Then be happy, for when the way is rough, your patience has a chance to grow.
James 1:2-3 TLB
We can easily get consumed with our emotions when troubles come our way. I’m guilty of it, just like you are because we’re human. As believers, we aren’t supposed to react the way the world does when they encounter problems. We have the Greater One living on the inside us and His way of handling things may seem ludicrous to the unbeliever, and to be truthfully honest, may not make sense to the believer as well, but we know His way works. When troubles come your way, you are to be happy and joyful. What?!? Yes, I know being happy during a trial seems confusing, but this is how we exercise our faith. How are you supposed to be joyful when your world could come tumbling down? Well, Jesus says that when you have troubles, it’s a chance for you to grow when your faith is tested. Just think of it like this: if you got everything you wanted when you wanted it, and if you never had hard times, how would you grow spiritually? Your victory is partly dependent on your attitude during the trial. You can choose to believe God and let Him handle it, or you can be depressed, talk negative, and try to figure it out yourself. Just a word to the wise, the latter is the worse decision you can make!
One of the ways the Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Old & New Testament Words defines patience is “to abide under” and it also states in the use of James 1:3 “Patience, which grows only under trial.” Patience, which has A LOT to do with your attitude, can only grow if it’s tested. Instead of asking God to take away all of your problems, how about saying, “Lord, help me to get through this with a good attitude. Help me to trust you to the fullest capacity that I know how.” Paul was inflicted with a “thorn in the flesh” and he says he “begged” the Lord to take it away from him, and I love the Living Bible translation that says “… Each time he said, “No. But I am with you; that is all you need…” God is with you all the time and no matter how many times Paul begged, God said “no” and in essence, “I’ll help you get through this. I’m all you need.” And after that Paul changed his attitude and he eventually received victory.
Trials are going to come—Jesus said it in His Word, so there is no need to keep getting upset about something that is bound to happen and here’s why…Jesus said cheer up! He has also given you peace. After you get over your initial shock of the circumstance say, “God is in control and He will take care of it. I am going to stay positive until God delivers me and I will praise my way through this.” Now I am not saying that you can’t ever get upset or frustrated about things that happen in your life, but what I am saying is you will eventually have to get over it and act like you serve a God that delivers. Many places in the Bible God says to be courageous and not to be afraid and this is an attitude mindset that you will have to adopt. Will this happen overnight? No, but the quicker you learn how to have the right attitude, it will make your trials and tribulations easier to handle. So be joyful when trials come your way and thank God you have a chance to mature spiritually and show the world how they’re really supposed to act when being attacked.
- I’ve told you this so that my peace will be with you. In the world you’ll have trouble. But cheer up! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 GW)
- Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.] (John 14:27 AMP)
- Let heaven fill your thoughts; don’t spend your time worrying about things down here. (Colossians 3:2 TLB)
- They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the LORD to care for them. (Psalms 112:7 NLT)
- Always be joyful (1 Thessalonians 5:16 NLT)
*Note: My hope and prayer is that after you read this and meditate on the scriptures that you will get such a revelation that will spark further study on your own. The Bible has so much more to say that what I’ve included. There’s nothing better than studying the Word of God for yourself*