“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.”
I hope everyone has had an awesome week!!! I’m going to be honest with you, I don’t have a lot to say today but ever since this wild animal planet, bad Australian accent, video came out earlier this week, it’s been something that has stuck with me each day. Each day this week I have faced so many moments where a trial, or in other words, a “challenge” knocked on my front door and I had no choice but to answer it. I’ll be the first to tell you, like a lot of us, I HATE facing uncomfortable situations. I know all of us may have different ideas or situations of what makes us uncomfortable, but at the end of the day, in some shape or size we are all faced with them at some time or another in our lives.
What’s been sitting on me this week is seeing how God works in our lives, He is constantly pushing us and allowing us to go through challenges daily. Sounds crazy that such a good and loving God would do that but it’s true, HE DOES THAT! And I used to wonder and ask questions like, “why God? Why let me go through this if it is so hard and causes so much pain to go through something way out of my comfort zone?” Well, these past couple of years of my life, and this week in particular, God has answered this question with an resounding truth.
“I’m training you and making you better.”
That’s not the exact words I heard audibly from God but that’s what God’s answer has been to this tough question. It’s been so hard to see His goodness in some of the situations I’ve faced, maybe that’s where you’re at too? But, stop a second and take a look at each hard and painful challenge you’ve faced over the years of your life or just recently. Was it hard? Yes. Was it fun? Definitely not. Did these challenges grow you, mold you, and shape you into a way better version of yourself? Actually, yeah, yes they have! Did these tough moments from yesterday make you stronger today? Wow, okay, yeah they did, stronger than I’ve ever been! Did you grow closer to God in these times, learn more of Him, and watch your faith skyrocket? YESSS!!! Without a doubt!!! How did you know Jordan? Well, I don’t know much but from my experience in these tough situations, that has been the results God has brought to my life too!
With the last question today, “Was it worth it to go through all this?”
I’ll leave that one to you to answer on your own. I know for me, the answer to this question this week was yes so when I faced so many more trials, challenges and hard moments outside of my comfort zone, I wanted to run, hide and get away from facing these trials but the answer to this question completely shifted my perspective every single time. It shifted my perspective from, “oh no, I want to run,” to, “okay, this will be tough but God is with me in this and it will be worth it to be made stronger, the pain will be worth it to be grown closer to Him and in my faith. It will be worth it to go through some painful moments for a short time for His glory and goodness to pour out of my life and into the lives of others that will have an impact that will last forever.”
I’m not saying I haven’t ran and hid a few times this week from challenges, but thanks and glory to God for reminding me of this truth, “IT WILL BE WORTH IT ALL.” So whatever you face today or tomorrow, just know it is worth it, the pain is only temporary, God’s glory will last forever, and embrace them!!!! God is training you and preparing you for more tomorrow through the challenges you face today!!! Lean in to Him and He’ll give you everything to keep chugging along!!
Shoutout to Brandon Payne for the quote;
“smooth seas never made skilled sailors.”
Also, just in case you missed God’s Wild, Animal Planet edition God gold, here it is attached below! Hope it helps and is a HUGE encouragement to you today!!