"Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides."
- James 1:2 MSG
When tests and challenges come at you from all sides, consider it a joyful opportunity. Don’t waste energy regretting the way things are or wishing you could go back to yesterday. Remember that I am sovereign, powerful, and loving; moreover, I am with you to help. Instead of being overwhelmed by all the difficulties, grasp My hand with confident trust. Though you are insufficient to handle your troubles by yourself, you and I together can handle anything! If you view your circumstances from the big-picture perspective, you can be joyful even in the midst of your struggles.
You have not only My Presence with you but My Spirit within you. He is always ready to help; seek His assistance as often as you need. One of the hardest parts of dealing with multiple trials is waiting for their resolution. Since patience is part of the Spirit’s fruit, He can help you endure the waiting. Don’t try to get out of the hard times prematurely. Instead, persevere patiently, knowing that perseverance must finish its work—making you mature and complete.
- Jesus Always, page 246