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Weekly Devotionals

Faith Unscripted During Trials

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. – 1 Peter 4:12

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. – James 1:2-4

Faith is a gift from god that is amazingly powerful in the face of adversary, yet why do we often struggle with faith during times of great challenge? The world tries to show us that when things get really tough we need to take things into our own hands in order to resolve it. But, this is the opposite of God’s way as God’s way is the way of faith. We need to ask ourselves honestly, when we face trials, which reality do we follow, what do our actions say for themselves as an indicator of what we really believe? Going through trials can be a very powerful and meaningful time in our faith journey, as it can either produce in us character that sustains our life in Christ, or it can keep us from Christ. God sees trials as an opportunity to produce character but it can be hard to see this when a trial is overwhelming us.

Consider the trials you are currently facing today, whether it be to do with your job or your family or friends, or any other circumstance. Consider how you are responding to those challenges, and what emotions are present when you consider how you are responding to the trials. Pray that God’s desire to use the trials you are facing for your benefit be revealed to you no matter how overwhelming the trial may be, and ask God to fill you with the faith, strength, wisdom and courage to face your trial and to show you the steadfast, persevering character he wants to produce in you.

May God bless you and keep you.