Actually, the Bible doesn’t tell us that trials develop our faith; it says that patience develops our faith. Patience is the ability to stand under pressure without wavering. Every time we allow patience to have its perfect work, we become more confident that we can and will overcome in any future situation. The fact that we have this experiential knowledge means we don’t waver in the next challenge, which means we overcome even more quickly.
But James 1:2-5 tells us if we lack wisdom how to stand during these trials and ask God for wisdom. When God gives us wisdom He shows us the path we must walk in order to overcome the trial.
James 1:2-5 says, brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
Sadly, we tend to default to one of two extremes when we face trials: we think it is God, when the Bible says it clearly is not, or we seek a miracle. Neither of these options are what we are told to do. We are told to seek wisdom.
JOIN ME this week and you’ll discover the peace, ease and confidence that comes into our heart and makes us patient when we follow God’s plan instead of our own.