Most people look at their relationships with God as an escape from their problems; this is because people sell Christianity like a product that makes problems disappear. I am not saying that God doesn’t solve problems. He does solve problems but oftentimes, His ways are totally different from ours. Also, we need to bear in mind that the day we all accepted Christ as our Lord and personal saviour, we declared war against the prince of this world but the amazing thing about this war is that we have already won.
Challenges are part of our everyday life, we all have things that we are dealing with that only God knows or that everyone knows about. God’s word shows that He is well aware of our issues and He even tells us how to respond to the problems.
2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
One of the greatest challenges in our lives is looking back and ruminating on past hurting situations. This way of life throws curve balls at us once we ponder over them, it also affects our perspective, whether we will react/respond to situations, and it eventually influence our overall mind-set. In today’s Bible verse, we are admonished to look at challenges in a different way and from a unique perspective. Today’s scripture reminds us that the power to magnify or lessen the problem is our hands. It shows us that regardless of the problem we experience, we need to strive to see the privilege that is behind the issues.
Just like the mining of gold which is surrounded with a lot of mud or dirt, most often, some blessings can only be discovered after going through a lot of unpleasant experience. Imagine if you were the rock the miner is drilling to get to the gold. You will definitely face much pain but at the end of it all, your pain shall definitely unravel your gain. Such is life, some situations come our way to unearth the gold that is in us.
Brethren, I am not saying it’s easy to count it all joy when we are looking at a storm heading our way but my point is this; God is good, and whatever situation He allows in our lives is for our good. He makes all things beautiful in the right time, so hold on and don’t let go of any previous vision or dream you seek to achieve in life. Instead of us dwelling on the pain let us keep our trust in God and He will surely assist us to overcome or endure till its set-time.
God is all wise and He has the ability to bring out the best from every situation. Sometimes waiting on God over a particular challenge can very difficult and frustrating. Nonetheless, we are entreated to count it all joy. Whenever we count even our pains as joy, it lessens the impact of the pain in our lives and it as well shifts our focus from the pain to the gain.
And so, although not easy but very possible and results-oriented as mentioned from today’s scriptures, I urge us all to count it all joy whenever we find ourselves in the midst of any bitter or tough situations because behind the mega-storm, is often a mega blessing.