When challenges have come your way, have you ever considered them to be gifts?
I certainly haven’t! In fact I’d go as far as saying I’ve always considered them to be obstacles or burdens. So why am I now saying we should be embracing our challenges? Well in James 1:2-4 (The Message) we read the following:
Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.
Wow! When you come under pressure or are challenged, how do you react? Do you abandon your faith and try to “get-by” on your own, or do you put your faith fully in God to get you through those difficult times?
Just remember that no matter what challenges you’re faced with, they are little gifts from God to help your faith to come to the surface.The challenges you face in life make you stronger and make you more mature in your faith.
So don’t feel downhearted and despondent when trials come your way, be patient and embrace them just as God is embracing you.