Some of you are going through serious spiritual trials right now. God can use trials like these to refine us and grow us. But in the midst of trials, often times we can’t see past the pain and struggle. If you are in the midst of a spiritual trial, I don’t want to make light of your situation, but I do pray that you look beyond the trail to see the heavenly ramifications of what you’re walking through. James 1:2-4 encourages us with these words:
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you face trails of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."
Verse 12 goes on to say:
"Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised those who love him."
Trials of any kind can be difficult. But when there is a spiritual element to the trial – like being tempted to sin, struggling with the betrayal of a person of faith, or blaming God for something that is happening in your life, a whole new dimension of pain is introduced. So, if you are going through something, remember these portions of scripture. Stand the test, consider it pure joy, and realize that God may be using this situation to grow you and your faith if you’re able to let him.
In the book of James, we find encouraging words for those going through a trial; I believe specifically those trials that have a spiritual element. The main message is to persevere. There isn’t a guarantee that things will develop the way you might hope, but there is a promise for those who are able to stand the test. James says that he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.