When we hear testimonies we are in awe that trials have been overcome. When we tell our testimonies we are sharing our faith and perseverance. We share how we were down but God picked us up. How we felt we were weak but a strength from within carried us further.
What is Faithfulness?
The most simple description of faith is believing what is not seen. Being able to trust that God will do what he said he will do. Faith was a difficult task for me because I felt that what I saw did not match up with what I was told. I learned later on that I did not trust the results and tried to make them on my own.
If a child did not trust that you would catch them when they were starting to fall what would happen? They would fall a different direction and try to catch themselves. In do so they are now at risk of getting hurt more than when they were originally falling. Now, as far as the child is concerned, we let them fall and get hurt. It is a funny situation because the child decided on a different course which led to more “owies” and “booboos.”
We are the child in this scenerio and we show a lack of faith each time we try to fall a different direction. Faith is shown in our trust that we have for God to do what we believe is impossible. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6) When we trust the Lord the process of making our path straight will start to unfold.
Trials and Perseverance
Trials. They are no fun. They are also a neccessary addition to the process of growing. An article in Psychology Today shares an interesting perspective on the importance of actions and words. Now this article explains the importance of actions and words. Our words are very effective and if they are positive our perspective will be one of victory. Whereas if they are negative it will be one of defeat.
Actions are just as important because our trials are founded by the actions that we take. We remember falling off of our bike and how it hurt, not tieing our shoes (after being told a bijilion times) and tripping over the lace, or when we were warned that we not ready to (insert task here) and the outcome was just as predicted. Though these are situations that seem small we learn from actions more than words.
Perseverance! Now perseverance is great. It means that you have overcome the trials. At the same time it is not an easy feat. The dictionary describes perseverance as follows: Persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. It is difficult and there may be a delay. Testing your faith produces perseverance and allows for growth to happen. So when your faith produces perseverance do your trials change? Not exactly but your perspective does.
Is it Only Me?
Remember: Testing your faith produces perseverance. That means that you are not alone and that there are like minded individuals all over that are also going through trials and being tested.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. James 1:2
Our faith is our enemies greatest fear. Knowing that no matter what he does to us that we will continue to trust our Lord. Just like a bully thrives off of the fear that others have for him he knows that without that fear he is alone in his pursuit. He then comes to realize that his nasty actions have no affect. Now the power of positive words will continue to feed our faith because you are able to trust the God is faithful when you believe it. Not sure if positive words help? I like to think of it as follows:
The enemy uses negative words and I feel down. God uses positive words to lift me up. If my enemy is being negative then I must be positive.
You are not alone in this pursuit of faith and perseverance. You in fact are a valued addition to a team of people that want the very best for you.
Seizures had been a challenge that has, in the past, shaken my faith and caused fear. I know that by facing these trials my faith will produce its fruit. Now is the time to continue to grow your faith and continue to trust God. The more knowledge and truth that we have in our hands the less the big bully is able to push us around.
If you would like to read more on faith I would recommend reading the Daily Devotionals and reading An Unexpected Situation. Trusting God will allow for paths to be straightened and like Jesus said in Matthew 11:29, Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
What have your trials taught you? Anything else that you would share when facing adversity or about how great it is to persevere?