“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.” (James 1:12)
No one promises us an easy life. One way or the other, the believer will have challenges, trials or temptations. We will be faced with and go through crisis situations. The question is whether crisis is good for us or not.
Mankind builds a framework within which we feel secure. It’s like building a building and feeling good about what you have accomplished. However, when something goes wrong, when there is a crisis, it breaks the false sense of security. Why is this? God wants us to trust Him, and crisis helps us to grow up, to mature through the difficulty.
The pressures that believers experience help us to lean on God, to be open to the changes God wants to bring to our lives. Without crisis we could not grow, we would become stagnant and weak.
The seasons of trials and crises may often be more than difficult or painful; they can often be pure torture.
The reason is that they demand us to change, and man’s nature is to resist change. However, our breakthroughs come only when we do. This is when we must remember that God will not give us more than we can handle. He wants us to leave our place of security, our comfort zone. To do this we must change our thought patterns. This is uncomfortable because we think we know everything, when in reality we don’t. He wants us to learn to lean on Him.