Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations. Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience. — James 1:2–3 (AMPC)
Adapted from the resource Trusting God Day by Day – by Joyce Meyer
I’ve heard many people who live in places where there are four distinct seasons talk about how much they enjoy winter, spring, summer, and fall. They like the variety and the unique beauty, qualities, and opportunities of each season. The Bible tells us God Himself changes times and seasons (see Dan. 2:21).
Seasons change, both in the natural world and in our lives. We all have off days, tough weeks, bad months, or even sometimes a whole year that seems way too full of troubles, but thankfully every difficult situation will come to an end.
Some of the trying situations we find ourselves in seem to go on way too long. When this happens, we’re often tempted to complain or get discouraged. Instead of giving in, though, the best thing we can do is look to God for strength and ask Him to teach us something valuable as we press through each day. According to James 1:2–3, God uses trials and pressure to produce character and growth in us.
Sometimes His blessings come through unexpected circumstances that appear negative, but if we choose to trust God and keep a positive attitude in the middle of those situations, we’ll experience the blessings He wants to give us. If you’re going through a difficult time right now, let me remind you that this probably isn’t the first challenge you’ve ever faced. You overcame the last one (and probably learned some valuable lessons through it), and you will make it through this one, too.
Your trials are temporary—they will not last forever. Better days are coming. Keep your focus on Jesus, let Him strengthen you, and remember that this is just a season, and it will pass.
Prayer Starter: Father, please help me to grow, even in the middle of the difficult things I’m dealing with. Thank You for strengthening me, for staying by my side, and for the blessings You have ahead. In Jesus’ Name, amen.