Yesterday part of James chapter 1 was on my mind. It reads like this.
Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.
James 1:2-4 (HCSB)
I feel like my faith is being tested. There are things going on in my life that threaten to shake my faith. I can honestly say that I don’t consider these things “joy” right now, but I know God takes every situation, good or bad, and uses it for His glory, and I’m sure that will be the case here.
Tonight I had the rare opportunity to hear our high school student minister speak. His message was spot on what I needed to hear, and what prompted this post tonight. We are all dealt certain cards in life. Some are good, and some are bad (at least in our eyes). We could choose to hide the bad cards…to cover them up with the good ones. Or, we could (and should) play the hand we are dealt. That’s what I’m choosing to do. Much of what I’m facing now is self-inflicted. I’ve made mistakes which I can’t go back and erase, but I can learn from them going forward. I know God can take the bad cards and use them for something good…for His glory. Take the story of Joseph, for example. Talk about a crummy hand! Here was a guy who was hated by his brothers, sold into slavery, falsely accused, imprisoned and forgotten. Joseph could have complained about the cards he had been dealt, but he didn’t. Instead he was faithful to God and played the hand he was dealt. What happened? God blessed him and was glorified through him.
Although I have many heavy burdens on my heart, I’m trusting Him and playing the hand I was dealt. I know He can use everything I’m going through for something good. I pray that I will remain faithful, knowing that this testing of my faith produces endurance, and will bring Him glory.