It’s all very well talking about being poured out and filled up when the going’s good… but what about when the going gets tough? When the storms of life kick in (because they will), how do you stay focused on the bigger picture and not drown in a pool of adversity?
Perspective. The way you see something. You need to look at your troubles through the lens of God’s Word, not of your worry. You must find Christ in the crisis, not criticize Christ because of the crisis. God isn’t doing something to you; He’s doing something in you so He can do something through you. That’s what adversity is all about!
Does Jesus promise a problem-free life? No, but many of us want to believe He does. Does life become void of God as soon as a crisis strikes? No, but many of us live like we believe it does.
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Steadfastness. Undeviating constancy, loyalty or resolution. It’s never produced academically, but only by experience. You only learn to stand firm by standing firm.
So, how do you count trials as joy? You must have perspective (“testing… produces steadfastness”); you must have patience (“let steadfastness have its full effect”); and you must trust that the process has a point (“that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing”).
What’s your adversity in life right now? It is possible to be filled up even in the middle of that crisis. God is perfecting you. He’s completing you. He’s making sure you’re “lacking in nothing.” Wow. How’s that for perspective?