Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4
Sometimes it is hard to come to terms with the fact that we NEED trials in our life. Yes, we need them, our life would not be the same without them. They are actually little blessings (or big blessings in some cases) disguised as storms.
Think of the trials in your life as weights in the gym. Even though it is hard to do 3 reps of 10 and the weight seems unbearable during that last set and you will be sore and in pain for a couple days after, you know that you will be stronger in the end. Your discipline will produce better health, just like your perseverance through the storms will produce wholeness in the Spirit.
I want to point out 4 things God spoke to me regarding perseverance:
First, trials are tough, painful, annoying, but they are necessary for building you up, for building your faith in God. The enemy wants you to see your struggle as a sign that God has forsaken you and forgotten you. But no way sister! God is allowing the storm to pass through so that He can develop you into the woman He created you to be in accordance to His purpose for your life. That is something to celebrate.
Trials will get heavier as your faith grows. When you are in the gym and you want to build muscle, you gradually increase the weight that you bear, right? God wants you to grow spiritually, so He will use bigger trials, deeper cuts, super rigid personalities to build you and your faith. Try to view that battle you are facing right now as the exact thing that God is using to deliver you. He will use it, He is using it, He has not left you, He has not thrown you away, He will make a way.
Discipline and consistency in the gym is the recipe for the results that you want. You keep waking up and dragging yourself to that 6am spin class, you continue to meal prep even though you really want to throw up at the thought of another asparagus and plain chicken lunch, you continue to just walk past the cookie aisle at the grocery store trying not to cry, but you do it because you have your goal in mind. The end result is so much more deserving and worth it when you stay the course. Hebrews 10:36 explains that perseverance brings forth the promise. It sets you up for doing the will of God, which isn’t always easy. We must persevere so that we can become more familiar with His voice. The more you press on and overcome, the sweeter your reward will be.
Having faith in Christ is being assured that He has overcome. Faith gives us confidence in knowing that we will look more and more like Jesus as we continue our walk. (Hebrews 11:1)
Finally, perseverance delivers you as well as those around you. Your walk inspires others seeking renewal and restoration. When you’ve been at it in the gym for a while and the results are starting to show and you’ve got more energy to share, people become drawn to you. They want to know your secret, they want advice on losing weight, they want to know what your daily routine consists of, so that they can see the same results in their life. Treat your spiritual journey just the same. Persevering through trials and being joyful amid your struggle is a saving grace for not only you, but your sister, your friend, your child. You make a difference, every day.
I pray this brings a new perspective to your sights. I pray that this encourages you to trust in the Lord. He knows the plans He has for you. I know it is not always easy or gratifying at first to hold on and just keep pressing forward, but the promise He holds for you is just on the other side, just a little further, and it is so worth it. You are so worth the wait.