“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may perfect your faith, be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” – James 1:2-4
Trials are a part of life, sometimes trials that seem more than we can bear. Often trials come in waves, one right after another, overwhelming us with their power. Financial difficulties, family dysfunction, serious illness, chronic, unrelenting pain, the loss of a loved one . . . In the past week I have counseled people in all of these trying circumstances.
They all have one thing in common. They have developed perseverance, just as the scripture says they will, and rather than losing all hope, new and fresh faith and hope is born within them. The second chapter of Hosea leaves us with this promise:
“I will make the Valley of Trouble a door of Hope.”