Let God reveal your beauty.
🍇Grapes must be crushed to make wine.
💎Diamonds form under pressure.
🫒Olives are pressed to release oil.
🌱Seeds grow in darkness.
Whenever you feel crushed, under pressure, pressed, or in darkness, remember that you are in a powerful place of transformation. Trust the process. Trust God. He is with you.
2 Corinthians 3:16-18
“But whenever anyone turns to tTe Lord, the veil is taken away. Now The Lord is The Spirit, and where the Spirit of The Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate The Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His Image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from The Lord, Who is The Spirit.”
“Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1:2–4 HCSB In the book of James, he says, “WHEN” we face trials, not IF we face trials. In other words, we will face trials during our lifetime. We have all endured trials. Some of us are enduring trials right now.
Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow. We will all have trials again, and again.
When we do face trials, James says we should count it all joy. When our world is upside down in suffering and pain, this idea seems crazy to our human mind and body. But true joy does not stem from our circumstances, but rather from our trust and relationship with Jesus through the Holy Spirit. James is not saying we have to pretend there is no pain in the trial. But, he is saying we should practice patience in action and look for the positives in the situation.
What is God revealing in the situation?
Many times God is trying to teach us something specific through our trials:
- We can learn and nurture patience through trials.
- We can realize our true character under pressure
- We can grow in our faith. We can learn to nurture our time with God.
- We can cultivate a stronger prayer life.
- We can recognize places of unforgiveness or brokenness in our lives.
What other positives might God show us through trials?
God can reach and teach others through our trials. Think about Paul’s time in prison. In 2 Corinthians, Paul reminds us of how he endured the hardship of being in prison. He took that bad situation and made it good. He made it for God’s glory. Paul looked beyond his trial and beyond himself. He saw the prison guards despair. Instead of wallowing in self-pity, he sang praises to God. He encouraged the guards and shared the gospel. He led them to Jesus! That is counting it all joy in Christ.