“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds.” This is what James has to say in James 1:2.
Whether it be the current challenges you face in your own financial situation or trials in your health status, difficult times are opportunities for growth. Perhaps you are at the end of your rope in an area of your life. You’ve tried everything… and nothing has helped you to get out of the hole you’re in. You feel discouraged.
Don’t lose heart. It’s at times like this that we have an opportunity to turn towards God. It’s a golden opportunity to grow deeper in our faith, as James writes about in the Bible. I have found that during my trials of life, when I make a conscious decision to surrender more completely to God I have deeper peace. Through this, I gain a better understanding of who He is and how He works. And as a result, my faith grows more and more.
This time of economic turmoil is a potentially stressful time to many. None of us can be certain about what will happen to the financial markets and to our investments. But, it’s a time that we can grow in our faith as we place greater trust in God.