An Opportunity for Growth

James 1:12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.

Have you ever had one of those days when you were walking with Lord, trying to do the right thing, and out of nowhere, you’re hit with heavy-duty temptations? It often happens at the worst conceivable time, like when you’re praying or you’re in church. You wonder why is this happening.

Without a doubt, none of us enjoy being tempted, but there are some valuable lessons that come through those times that God allows in our lives.

Someone said that Christians are a lot like tea bags; you can’t tell what they’re made of until you put them into hot water. Sometimes we think we are doing pretty well spiritually. Then the Lord puts us in some hot water. He lets us go through a time of trial and temptation in our lives. It helps to strengthen us spiritually.

James said, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials” (James 1:2). He wasn’t saying we necessarily need to experience an all-encompassing joy in our times of hardship. Nor was he demanding that his readers be happy about the trials of life. James was not saying that trials are great fun. They are not. In fact, Hebrews 12:11 says, “No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful!”.

James is saying to make a deliberate choice to see beyond the trial. To understand that though our troubles we are earning crowns. Our trials are accomplishing something in our life. It may hurt now, but what will come as a result will be so much better. You will be able to look back and say, “It wasn’t easy, but it was worth it.”

In the Christian life, God will allow trials. We are to see them for what they are and count them with joy and rejoice.


David Ball