April showers bring May flowers, or so the saying goes. There is also, rain, rain go away, come again another day. Sometimes the rain is downright annoying. It messes up outdoor plans. It makes our yards muddy. It ruins the look of a freshly washed car. I do know that a good rain always makes my yard greener. I know that a rainbow after a storm always takes my breath away. I know that seeing the sun after several days of rain makes me happy.
What about the rain and storms of life? How do you react to them? Do they annoy you? Do they mess up your plans? Do they ruin your look? One thing is certain, we will have storms and trials in life. James 1:2-4 says, “Consider it a great joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you experience various trials, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.” What? Joy in trials? Yes! God’s word tells us that we will face trials, various trials. He also tells us that these trials have a purpose. God wants to grow us and strengthen our faith through trials. He doesn’t say that the trials will be easy, or that we will understand, or that they will go away quickly, but He does tell us that He plans for us and the trials that we go through. We read in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“plans for your well-being, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
So, I ask you again, how do you respond to the storms in life? I want to challenge you to look at your trials differently. I want to challenge you to look for God in these circumstances. I want to challenge you to ask yourself what God is trying to teach you through the storms. Most of all, I want to challenge you to see how you can bring glory to God as you work your way through the ups and downs of life, as you lean into Him and grow your faith.
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