James 1:2-4 "Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, (3) knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. (4) And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing."
Have you ever had a spouse, a child, a friend, a relative, or a co-worker share the details of a current, personal trial or tribulation?
As a Christian counselor with 20 years of experience, I often heard such testimonies from clients. It's the nature of my job.
In an attempt to give the client a differing perspective, I have often asked some thought provoking questions, such as, "Can you think of how God is attempting to use your situation in an effort to accomplish a good, righteous, or Godly outcome?"
Sometimes I'll throw in, "Could God intentionally allow this trial as a viable way to get your attention?"
If the client chooses to stay in my office, I might ask, "Can you entertain the idea that God uses tests, trials, and tribulations because they are proven means for Him to break through our crusty defenses. Only through specific tests, trials, and tribulations is God able to gain access to your heart, your mind, and your will. In God's economy, brokenness is not a bad thing. It's one of His most powerful tools in our sanctification."
Clients don't much like hearing those questions and statements, but they are true none the less.
How would you respond to those questions and statements?
Please re-read the above passage: James 1:2-4 "Consider it good or joyful ...."
For the Scriptures to assert this, there must be a way to see earthly things from a Godly, Heavenly, Divine perspective.
How well are you able to do that?
Let's pray we all get better at it.