My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. - James 1:2-4 KJV
I remember when I had first given my life to Christ. I was full of enthusiasm, excitement, and awe. I was excited about my journey of getting to know Christ, calling myself a Christian, and living out my life in a new identity.
I was like a sponge soaking up any and everything I could learn about God since I had no prior knowledge of him or no relationship with him. I started to notice little changes in my everyday life. I attended church on the regular and was being fed, what I felt was, sound doctrine. However, as the months went by, I started to FEEL closer to christ. I thought I had finally unlocked the mystery of who he was and what this thing called Christianity was about.
Life was going great and there were no hardships or resistance in my life. Then all of sudden at my old job I started to experience rude and impatient customers. It really started to test my character, I could feel it breaking me apart and provoking me to return to my old ways. It got so bad to the point where I had to pray every morning before work, read scripture, and place that scripture as my lock screen just so I could make it through the day. during my lunch breaks, I would sit in my car talking to God and worshipping because the worship would restore my sanity and my peace. Producing patience in me to deal with hostile situations and people.
I hadn’t realized I wasn’t equipped for this thing called trials until I experienced my very first trial.
By definition, a Trial is an experiment, test ( for the purpose of establishing the quality of a thing ), an attempt, or temptation.
Trials come in many forms and seasons. No trial looks the same as the one before it or the one to come after it. They are uncomfortable and sometimes they can be discouraging or detrimental to your faith. But the thing you need to understand about a trial is that it’s not meant to be a punishment it is not meant to condemn you. A trial is allowed by God to literally test the stability of your faith. I know that at the moment when you experience a trial it can seem as if God has forsaken you or that he is punishing you.
However, if you can push past your feelings and look at the deeper meaning of a trial and the things that it is revealing about what's deeply planted within you, you will see that its only purpose is to test the stability of your faith to make it perfect and to produce endurance within you or your ability be patient and to wait.
As you go throughout your week really analyze and pay attention to what your trial is saying about you. Allow your trial to burn away all that doesn't belong, all that is detrimental to your faith (which is really your ability to trust God. As you wait for your trial to pass use your worship and remind yourself that this trial will pass. As it is passing thank God for every moment you are in the midst of your trial, because you are building tolerance to wait and be patient and in the end, your faith will be perfectly lacking nothing!
Don't underestimate the power of your worship.
When you worship your voice is a signal of distress to the father.
When you worship it's a signal to the father of dedication to him.
When you worship it is a reminder to you of the God you serve.
When you worship it keeps you in the presence of God and when you're in God's presence you are kept in perfect peace, which is not a feeling alone but a state of being.