“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trails of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” James 1vs2-4 NIV
As believers, we often find ourselves facing trials and tribulations, moments that can make us question our relationship with God.
However, deep down, we know that Jesus tells us in John 16:33, “I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
I’ll admit, learning to trust is a beautiful yet life-changing journey. We make promises to God before we even begin, saying things like, “Lord, I’ll go wherever you lead and do whatever you ask,”
Often with some preconceived notion of what that journey will look like.
But when the time comes to carry our cross as believers and proclaim His name in the face of heavy storms, the road can feel lonely.
It’s as if no one can truly understand our struggles.
However, we must remember what Isaiah 41:13 says: “For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear; I will help you.'”
God is an ever-present Father who not only knows but deeply understands the pain we experience in our current season. He desires to help us through it.
We must also recognize that God has a unique way of bringing forth beautiful stories and testimonies from the pits the devil throws us into.
Trials and tests are a part of God’s plan to strengthen our character and faith. He alone can rescue us from the traps set by the enemy.
We must rejoice in our trials, as Romans 12:12 encourages us, for the enemy cannot attack what belongs to God.
The fact that God allows tribulations in our lives indicates His trust in our heart posture. He knows that we will emerge victorious, continuing to proclaim His name even in the midst of suffering.
A Christian’s true relationship with God is often built in the valley. It’s a season of isolation, where God’s hand and heart are fully revealed.
These trials are essential lessons in self-discovery and faith-building. Strong faith is not forged in comfortable environments.
Instead of solely focusing on our current circumstances, let us ask God what He requires of us during this season.
Pray for Him to purify our hearts and transform us into His likeness as we endure suffering.
This may also be a season where we need to draw closer to the throne of God like never before. Why? Because it’s a time of vulnerability and uncertainty.
Although we have faith that God will come through, the devil often preys on us during these seasons, tempting us to give up and doubt.
It’s not easy to praise God for things we cannot yet see.
That’s why, as believers, it’s crucial to stay grounded and resist the lies of the enemy through the following practices:
Ephesians 6 vs 18 ” And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”
- Pray: In the valley, our prayers may feel like they disappear into thin air. However, humbling ourselves at God’s altar ensures no judgment or neglect. God wants us to speak to Him daily about our struggles and desires to help us through them. Emerging from storms with stronger faith and perseverance comes from intimate conversations with God, seeking His guidance with the Holy Spirit as our guide.
Hebrews 13vs 15 ” Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise- the fruit of lips that openly profess His name”
- Worship: Singing songs and hymns can break chains and release the burdens in our hearts. Worship shifts our focus from our problems to the One with the power to solve them. It’s an act of surrender, acknowledging God’s greatness and defeating the voice of the enemy by professing His supremacy.
Galatians 5vs13 ” You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge in the flesh, rather, serve one another humbly in love.
- Serve: Serving others is a form of worship. It teaches us to have a Christ-like heart even in challenging moments. It shows that, even when our lives are not as we wish them to be, we can prioritize God’s needs. Consider serving in your local church during these trials, as it may lead to divine connections with others facing similar challenges. As you uplift others, God will see your sincere acts and sacrifices, and He will reward your efforts.
Psalm 1 vs 2-3 “But whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and those who meditates on His law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither- whatever they do prospers.
- Journal/Read His Word: The devil already knows your identity in Christ and tries to distract you. Therefore, reading God’s word attentively and journaling His revelations is vital. This practice allows you to look back on His promises and testify to His faithfulness. Reading the word strengthens your spirit and motivates you to pursue God regardless of your current circumstances.
Hebrews 10 vs 24-25 NIV ” And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another-and all the more as you see the day approaching.
- Commune: Forming Godly relationships is essential because you’re all led by the same Spirit. Fellow believers can understand and support you, having likely experienced similar situations. Godly community draws you closer to God, providing strength and encouragement. Remember that where the Spirit of God is, there is truth and no condemnation. He reveals, helps, and uplifts us through the people He places in our lives.