In Part 1 of this series, we learned that God’s purpose for life’s pressures is to make us wise. We also learned about Biblical wisdom and what it looks like, and how we can pursue wisdom through the right application of knowledge. In Part 2 of this series, we learned how and why God uses life’s pressures and trials to shape us into becoming prudent.
Life is full of trials, and trials can happen when we least expect it, in our relationships, work environment, financial situation, and spiritual walk. In order to successfully navigate through the trials, we need to change our perspective. As believers of Christ, we are called to respond to trials with an awareness and spirit that is different from non-believers. James 1:2 tells us that we are to count it “all joy” when we face trials. If we can view our trials with God’s perspective, we can understand what we are going through better and recognise that God is doing work in our lives to restore and complete us, moulding us into the image of Christ.
WHAT WILL YOU DO
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” – James 1:2-4 ESV