By Kendra Clarke
When difficult times present themselves, we are called to “…count it all joy…” (James 1:2-3). This is often easier said than done as we are both flesh and spirit. As we are going through the battles of life and chaos surrounds us, we often lose hope, as well as, our focus and forget that we do not go through these battles alone. Our flesh, oftentimes, chooses to wallow and cry, while asking, “Why me?” But, if wise, we realize that beating ourselves up does not make things any easier nor does it ease the pain. Furthermore, none of these things actually improves our situation. They, in actuality, may instead lengthen or worsen it…depending on our attitude and response to the adversity.
Tears can cleanse the soul, time can heal all wounds, but our attitude also plays an important part in our healing. When we understand that we are not our circumstances, when we let go and let God, when we come to the realization that this too shall pass, our entire outlook on life will change. When we recognize that the trials that undoubtedly will arise are temporal, we are, then, able to do as James 1:23 says, “…count it all joy when you fall into various trials knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience…” Trials strengthen us and helps to build character. Therefore, our circumstances and the situations pale in comparison and are no match for the essence and the power of God.
No situation is too big, too complicated or too difficult for Him to resolve. It is comforting to know that no matter what may be happening around you, to you or within you, God is the anchor that will keep you grounded. He is the Word that will keep you steadfast. He is the sanity in a world that seems to have lost its mind. He is the tranquility that will ease your mind. As you go through, He will give you “…the peace that surpasses all understanding…” (Philippians 4:7).
Once we truly accept this fact, we will be able to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and view each obstacle as a set up for a blessing, a chance for growth and an opportunity to give all the glory to God. He prepares us and equips us not only for the battle, but for the victory over our trials. No…tough times and harassment from the enemy will not cease to exist and as Christians we should not expect them to lessen. In fact, the opposite may occur, but God promises “…neither to leave us nor forsake us…” (Deuteronomy 31:6). He will go with us through each battle until we come out on the other side battle tested and ready for the next test which will come no matter what our readiness. So let us pledge to be prepared for the lessons of life as they will be the spiritual food for our minds, bodies and souls.