James 1:2-4

James 1: 2-4 Says to 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. 

The testing of your faith, believe it or not is actually a good thing if we allow it to be. You may ask well who tests us, and why? Verse James 1:13 gives us the answer as to who it is not. It says that God does not tempt anyone with evil, and He himself cannot be tempted with evil. James goes on to say that each person is tempted by his or her own desires. If left unchecked this will ultimately lead to sin and death. 

We must look at adversity and challenges as an opportunity to move on to the next level in our walk with Christ. As christians we know that trials and tribulations will come our way, it is up to us how we respond. Job is a perfect example of facing extremely difficult times and never once blaming God for what happened. 

Job chapter 1 gives us insight into a rare case of an interaction into the spiritual realm. Satan makes a claim that the only reason Job loves God is because he protects him and blesses the work he does which increases his wealth and land. God allows Job to be sifted by Satan for a time and things got really bad for Job. All of his animals and children were killed by Satan. Job obviously did not have the book of Job at the time to know that this horrible attack on him is the doing of Satan. In fact it could look like it was God, a tornado killed his kids and fire from heaven consumed his flock. Nonetheless Job fell on his face and worshiped God. 

Because Job never placed blame on God and continued to love God through the storm God added back to him twice as much as he had before Job 42:10. That is such a testament of Job’s character and something we should all strive to emulate. We must have a perspective change when facing the storm, instead of asking, “God, why is this happening to me?”  We should be thanking Him for the opportunity to become complete in our faith, lacking in nothing, and giving him praise throughout the process.
James 1:12 lets us know that after we have stood the test of the trial we will receive the crown of life. Testing will happen throughout our entire life so that we will become closer to Christ. We can use this to reach back and help other believers as they go through the trials of life, and together we can run the good race that leads us to heaven.

-Jason Smith