“Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love [H]im.” (James 1:12)
“Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ…”
Our faith was made to be tried. Paul said it this way to the Romans; “…we glory in tribulations (notice the plural) also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience and experience, hope and hope maketh not ashamed… (Romans 5:3-5). Paul is telling us that tribulations or trials of our faith will teach us to be patient or to endure the hardships of life. With this endurance experience will come and with experience hope. What all that means is that the more your faith is tried by fire or daily life the stronger you will become and the less fear you will have.
In the world there is an understanding amongst the children of disobedience and this understanding is forced upon the brethren. This understanding is “Perception is reality.” Anyone with half a brain knows that this is not true but it is what the world and business runs with. While we disdain this lie we do hold to the importance of perspective.
Perspective upholds logic and truth as perception is reality does not. perspective is useful because it allows one to look at a circumstance or situation from differing angles. This is how the Gospels work. The Gospels are a kind of set of biographies from the differing perspectives of men who knew Him or by men who knew men who knew Him. the Gospel of Matthew portrays Christ as King, Mark shows Him to be Servant, In the Gospel of Luke He is seen as the perfect Man and John show Him to be God. We see differing perspectives but all uphold the Truth that is God’s Son.
How can the believer use perspective to his or her advantage? Recently my eldest daughter went to New York. This was her senior high trip. There were (5) five teenagers and (2) two adults in a mini van. As any traveler knows irritation and annoyance are traveling companions. In this situation one could be irritated at the normal travel annoyances or one could use perspective and look at any problem as the exercising of longsuffering which is a fruit of the Spirit. One could pray and ask God to use this to one’s spiritual growth and to His Glory.
Whenever we are faced with any difficulty we could use perspective and look upon the difficulty as a trial or the testing or the strengthening of our faith.
To be Christ-like should be painful as becoming Flesh brought great pain to Him.