“When troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.” – James 1:2. That’s good news! That doesn’t mean God wants you to have troubles but being that we live in a world full of darkness and Christians are being persecuted more and more, troubles are bound to come. Your faith will be tested. So you may be asking, where does this great joy come from then? Well the next verse says, “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.”
Endurance is “the power of enduring an unpleasant or difficult situation without giving way.” So endurance gives you the strength to stand on God’s word even when everyone else is against you. Endurance gives you the assurance that you can speak the word of God in it’s entirety without changing it to be “politically correct”. Endurance keeps you from allowing any threat to cause you to denounce your faith in Jesus Christ. Do we need endurance? Yes!
Now this kind of endurance doesn’t only come from troubles. You build endurance by meditating on the word of God, worshiping Christ with thanksgiving, speaking to God, allowing God to speak to you, obeying the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Those are the best ways to build endurance against this fallen world. So don’t think you HAVE to go through troubles to build your endurance. What I’m trying to encourage here is when you DO have troubles don’t allow them to bring you down, slow you down, or just plain stop you from doing the will of God.
Can you imagine having so much physical endurance that you were like Forest Gump just running and running and running. Nothing could stop you, you just ran and ran and did it so well that people began running with you? Sad thing about Forest Gump was that he didn’t have a destination, at some point he just stopped and said he was done. He led his followers no where.
View your troubles as a good thing! Use them to build your endurance. Keep running…keep leading others, because you do have a destination!