Embracing the Strength of Christ

James 1: 2-4 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.  So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

I am a very goal oriented person, and I do not like when things get in the way of reaching my goals. That being said, I do not like when troubles come my way. Yet, they seem to flock to me, especially when things are going exactly the way I’ve planned it.

There have been a few life-altering trials in my life and God has been showing me that I tend to hold a grudge on troubles. I look back at where my life was interrupted and think of what my life could be had the interruption not occurred. I haven’t looked at these struggles as opportunity to grow. As I’ve been praying for God to deal with this in my life, I’ve been noticing that many people live with these grudges against the trials of life. They let these trials define the rest of their lives. The manifestation of this is a life of blame, defeat, excuse and sadly living in bitterness.

God calls us to an amazing countercultural alternative. He calls us to consider troubles an opportunity for joy. When our faith is tested we have a chance to grow in endurance. If you want a faith that endures you will have to choose joy in all circumstances.

Phil 4:13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

Remember, God promises us strength through Christ. He will not give us more than we can handle and he provides for us. This should take the edge off of any stress that comes your way and gives you the freedom to use difficulty to glorify God and to grow in your faith.

2 Cor 12:9 “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.

God’s grace is sufficient! Every weakness, every trial, every tribulation is a chance for God’s work to be revealed in your life. Do you have seemingly insurmountable obstacles in your life? Are there circumstances that only God can turn around? “With God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26) Let us look for ways to glorify God through our weaknesses and to depend daily on His strength.