My brethren, count it all JOY when you fall into VARIOUS TRIALS, knowing that the TESTING of your FAITH produces PATIENCE. But let PATIENCE have its perfect work (result), that you may be PERFECT and COMPLETE, LACKING IN NOTHING.
At the end of a year, it’s easy to talk about working your faith and going to another level. It’s another thing to actually submit to the process of change. In order to submit to the process of transformation, you must be willing to learn your lessons so you can pass the test. Even though you may be just as sharp is a two edged sword, you cannot escape unpredictable trials that nearly take the wind out of you.
As you exit this year and prepare for the new year, some of you are thinking about the various tests that you have endured this year. Some of you are reflecting on how you made it through several situations; and you are full of gratitude for this new season. On the other hand, some of you are wondering when the trials will stop. It has been a tough year and you’re ready for a new beginning.
In 2014, you will have a new set of lessons disguised as trials to help you to work your faith. Your lesson is tailor made for you; but it doesn’t always come in a pretty package. Great gifts are often in small packages. Whether you know it or not, your trials ultimately lead you to a gift worth far more than precious silver or gold. The ability to rest in the Lord and wait patiently on Him is a gift. Believing Him at His word the first time is a gift. Being able to hear clearly from God is a gift that shouldn’t be taken lightly.
The testing of your faith is a necessary part of the process of growth and development. If you’ve never been tested, you will not be able to truly say your faith is real. In fact, you shouldn’t be surprised when you are tested (1 Pet. 4:12). It’s actually a good thing because God allows His best to be tested repeatedly. The story of Job proves that God allows his faithful servants to be tested as a testament of their faith. If you consider yourself to be a child of the King, expect to have your faith to be thrown into a fiery furnace. But it will come out of the fire better than it was before.
As you are reflecting on the good times and the bad times remember that everything happens for a reason. Obviously, trials don’t feel good and it’s easy to begin to moan and groan. Many times it’s difficult to turn off the human tendency to question and complain. But you must consider the fact that you are questioning the God who made all things. You are complaining to the God of love, grace and mercy. Did you forget that He has a plan for you that is beyond your understanding (Jeremiah 29:11). Have you considered the fact that God doesn’t make mistakes, but humans do? Have you took the time to recognize the sovereignty of God? Believe it or not, He knows the end of the story, and His plan is better than the plan that you’ve been developing. You must have needed the trial in some capacity or He wouldn’t have allowed it to happen.
In 2014, imagine yourself full of love, peace, and joy. The trials in 2013 were not meant to break you in two. They served their purpose to prepare you for the test in 2014. There’s more in you yet to be discovered. Don’t ever doubt the greatness that lies on the inside of you. Don’t ever judge yourself before God is through with you. You might have made some mistakes in 2013, but the past is behind you. In 2014, see yourself at another level. See yourself flying high above the clouds near the sun. You are an eagle soar high in 2014. There’s more in you!
Happy New Year!
Detra D. Wilson, M.Ed.
Certified Christian Life Coach
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