We leave the church building inspired and filled with Truth and encouragement each Sunday … and somewhere along the course of the week, often we find ourselves in need of a little bit of something to help us through.
Welcome to Extra Strength: a mid-week pick-you-up for the soul. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom for extra encouragement and challenge.
Extra Strength for Pressure Points: The Pressure of Trials
Sometimes life is hard.
I’m sure this isn’t news to anyone. Sometimes, people go through things they would rather not. We cannot control our circumstances, but we can control how we react to them.
Think back to the last time you dealt with a hard situation. Were you hurt? Angry? Depressed? On the surface, those are all justifiable reactions. But when was the last time you praised God in the midst of the storm?
Truthfully I couldn’t even think of a time. Pastor Josh spoke Sunday about trials. He reminded us that God doesn’t call us to throw ourselves a pity party; He calls us to rejoice! One way our faith can grow is when it’s being tested.
“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” (James 1:2-4 NLT).
Did you catch that? James is challenging us to see our hardships as a time of rejoicing! I don’t know about you, but that does not sound ideal to me. If I’m struggling with something, no part of me wants to be thankful.
But then I think back to that passage. I remember that I’m going to go through hard times. I’m going to experience trials. And God is going to make me a stronger, wiser, more humble christian because of them. He’s going to do that for all of us! So even though the situation isn’t perfect, and sometimes it’s horrible, God has something greater in mind. And if nothing else, that is something that is worth joy.
Gracie Adamek attends school at College of Lake County. When she’s not at school, she can be found on the worship team at Immanuel, among other activities.
- Whenever you find yourself growing frustrated and upset about a trial, physically change your angle to remind yourself to change your perspective about the trial. Ask God to help you see the perspective He wants you to have!