“A realist is an idealist who has gone through the fire and been purified.” –Warren Wiersbe
The right, biblical perception is needed for every trial we face. As noted yesterday, God may allow “divers temptations” to come into our lives, but at the heart of every affliction is the trial of faith.
For example, you and your spouse may be experiencing some marital woes. You may be tempted to say that your marriage is being “tried.” But really, it’s not your marriage being tried, is it? It is your faith being tried through the “divers temptation” of marriage. You may be going through an unusually difficult situation with money. You may feel hopelessly in debt to the point where you view your situation as a financial crisis. But really, according to James, the actual trial is not money, it is faith.
As one author so poignantly said, “Faith is believing in advance what only makes sense in reverse.” It is true, sometimes we do not understand what God is thoroughly doing in a trial until the trial is over. However, we can know with full assurance at the forefront that every trial is really a trial of faith. Having the right perception in our trials will always focus our hearts toward faith. In every conceivable and adverse situation, the real question is: Can God be trusted? The real answer, based upon your perception of the trial is: Yes, by faith.
Daily Reading: Daniel 7-9
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