No one likes trials. They are just no fun. When things aren’t going well for you, it can be easy to think God doesn’t care. You might wonder what’s going on? And why are things turning out this way. Let’s take a look at what James has to say about this.
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. – James 1:12 (NIV)
One thing we can see from this verse is that none of us are immune to trials. They’re going to come to you. Perhaps you’re finding out that when you stand up for your Christian faith at school kids make fun of you and mock you. Maybe you are the only one in your friend group who is standing up to peer pressure and making godly choices. As a result, you feel all alone.
It’s difficult when we’re faced with trials that test our faith. Here’s the truth, however. When we face these things, and when we don’t give up or give in, we are blessed. Suffering for Jesus isn’t a popular topic, but there will be times when you will be called on to stand up for your faith. So what will you do? Will you stand up for God’s word and what’s right? Or will you go along with what the majority and the world says?
Challenge yourself to begin to stand up for Jesus. Don’t be afraid to do it, even if you’re all alone. It will all come out for good in the end, if you don’t give up or give in.