“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles 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.”
~James 1: 2-3~
Ever wonder how your current and past circumstances are going to affect your future? How God will choose to use your life experiences to aid you in future experiences? I don’t think we ever see the full picture of faith-development coming. But if we’re blessed enough with wisdom [which you can gain only if you ask God for it, and gladly will he give it] to see it in retrospect, or even in that very moment, then that indeed is a joyous opportunity to grow in faith and endurance. God is constantly using everything that comes into your life to develop your faith in him.
In the past day I have been delving into the book of James and its words have been jumping out at me in a new light. James is a relatively short book, but its a power-packed manual on the subject of faith, and 5 particular products of faith. Faith resulting in 1) wisdom 2) action 3) humility and reliance on God 4) patience and 5) healing. All five applications of faith have played some role in my past week of experiences, and there is not a shadow of doubt in my mind that the Holy Spirit has led me to study the book of James for a reason.
My younger brother spent five days in the hospital this past week due to an illness he had had since December. It took nearly three months of doctors shrugging off the urgency of this illness in order for our family to find a specialist who discovered a not-too-uncommon bacteria that very well could have threatened my brother’s life, had this bacteria raged on too much longer. In the meantime, and during what seemed like the longest five days ever, my faith and my family’s faith as a whole was tested and resulted in gaining wisdom, action, humility and reliance on God, patience [oh, the patience], and believing that no matter what, David’s ultimate healing was already purchased through the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross, over two-thousand years ago.
My brother is well on his way to recovery and it is from our unwavering act of worship that Jesus receives all the glory. I cannot wait for God to build upon this experience yet another experience of faith-honing. What’s been going on in your life lately? Are you focusing on the problems, rather than the opportunity for your faith and endurance to grow? Are you sharing with others your experiences of victory in Christ so that others might grow in their own faith as well?
Wait on God, actively.