“Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say: it is well, it is well with my soul”
I watched as the time on my computer changed to 11pm, but the list of assignments and studying that I had to do that night had not dwindled a bit in the past few hours. As I reluctantly entered midterm season, one thought rang in my head: “It’s almost over. I just have to wait until this weekend and then I’ll be okay.” But is that how we are to look at trials?
Our shepherd Matt Ng challenged our view on trials this week at Large Group by going through James 1:2-4 and looking at the character, confidence, and consequence of true faith on trial. In trial, we have the choice to respond with a joy that looks to God and with a confidence that is in God to produce perfection and completion in spiritual maturity that is only produced in trial. Knowing this, we ought to joyfully wait with patience in trial, having faith that the Lord will use our trials to grow us to be more like Christ. So in this upcoming midterm season or in the next trial that you must face, I encourage you to “count it all joy” and trust that God will use this trial for your good and His glory.