You know its funny when you have read a passage in the Bible and you are at a certain season in your life and you get a certain interpretation but then after a while you read it again and different stuff is happening in your life the interpretation can be the total opposite from what it was the first time. That is what has happened to me . I was going through my instagram pictures and I stumbled across a screenshot of James 1. I had posted this picture on my senior year of high school when I was struggling with getting in to college. When I read it today it blew my mind of the different interpretation I got from it, so I decided to make a post/devotional on it.
So here is what James 1:2-8 says:
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds,3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5
So what the passage says in other words is that whenever we are going to though times wether that is financially o spiritually or whatever it may be we must be joyful about it. Being joyful means trusting God and knowing that He is in control of your situation. Rejoice in the situation . Sometimes trusting God is not easy because we as imperfect humans want to solve everything ourselves and limit our unlimited God . Then in verse 3 to 4 the passage continues to says that when our faith is being tested perseverance will come and that once that happens we will be MATURE and COMPLETE! Imagine yourself as a first grader, do you remember when you had to learn how to multiply? The teacher first gave the lesson, then you had homework on it to practice and then THE TEST. In the test the teacher wouldn’t help you. You would be tested on what you had “acquired” aka multiplying skills if you passed the test you would be more than prepared to learn division and that will help you later on in your years in school! The same thing happens in our spiritual life , God teaches us through His word what he wants us to learn and put into practice and that is our faith , then in order for us to be full and complete in Him without lacking anything He tests us to prepare us for all the good things He has for us.
So what I mean to say is that take your current situation positively and trust in Him and rejoice in knowing that what He is doing is to help you be better and complete.