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It Sucks, But It's Okay
Consider it a great joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you experience various trials, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing. -James 1:2-4 (CSB)
My mom probably wouldn't be happy with the title of this devotion. It would be more polite to say "stinks" or something like "it could be better!", but sometimes life is going so bad that even "sucks" isn't an accurate description. We all have seasons of pain whether it's a health diagnosis, a failed business, ruined relationship, or losing someone we love. You may be thinking, I totally agree Blake, but how could you at the same time say "but it's okay."?
Well it is my hope I change your perspective on your current trails. You see if your faith is in Christ the trials you face aren't going to destroy you. You are just in a rebuilding season. I love sports, but I have a terrible habit of picking really bad or inconsistent teams (Dallas Cowboys, Oklahoma State Cowboys, Dale Earnhardt Jr) they often let me down when it matters most or have down right awful seasons. During these really bad seasons they all say the same thing, "We are in a rebuilding year" which is a polite way of saying, we know we suck, but we are trying to fix it. The hope is after the bad year the team will come back even stronger than they were before.
The Bible actually says this is true in the lives of believers. In fact, James chapter 1 says, "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,” why in the world would we count trails as pure joy? Verse 3 and 4 tells us exactly why, "because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” Through the trails God is tearing you down so that He can rebuild you into a stronger and more mature believer who is not lacking anything! How amazing is that truth? Next time you are in a valley of pain and despair remember God is using it for His Glory and your ultimate good. It may suck, but it's okay because it is just a rebuilding season.