Tested Faith

James 1: 2-3
-"Whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy. For when faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow."

I remember watching a documentary one day, something about sports.  They mentioned in the program that when golf balls were first manufactured, their covers were smooth.  Golfers soon discovered that after the balls had been roughed up a bit they were then able to get more distance out of them.  Manufacturers then began producing golf balls with dimpled covers.

After hearing this I felt that life is kind of like that.  It takes some rough spots to make us go our farthest sometimes.  It also takes some storms to teach us that God is faithful and will provide the strength we need to stand firm.

I really love the story of Paul, and the more and more I read about him the more things I tend to learn and notice.  It mentions in 2 Corinthians 6: 8-10 that even though Paul was a fully devoted follower of Christ he was still despised, slandered and mistreated.  I never fully understood just how amazing his story was until I had some storms and self hate myself.  When I had hit a point in my life where I was basically spiritually and mentally paralyzed, I now realize that it’s those moments that are the perfect settings for a miracle.

It’s in those dark pits and miracle settings when you discover the life changing truths that Jesus does not necessarily come to eliminate the storms in your life, but to fill those storms with His presence.  I wasn't  delivered  from my dark pit, I was delivered IN my dark pit.

Because joy is a deeply-rooted confidence that God is in control, it only stands to reason that the highest joy will come through the greatest pain. The greater the pain, the more we are forced to search for and cling to the hand of God. But that only happens when we choose the right attitude toward pain.  Faith is just a matter of blind obedience and not human logic, and at the heart of every storm is victory-waiting to be claimed.

My prayer is, “God, I come to You, asking for the strength to withstand any storm that may enter my life. Forgive me for giving in to the fear and doubt instead of turning to you in faith. I now turn to You, God. I choose to lean on You. Please, show me the way. I claim these blessings in your name, Amen”