“The Bumps Are What You Climb On”

Are you going through a tough time? Maybe money is tight? Maybe you are having some health problems? Many you are experiencing problems on the job. Whatever it is, you are going through some tough times. None of us want tough times. I mean… if you had to choose between a tough day or a good day, you would pick the good day. But, the Bible says tough days can be better for us.
James 1 says, “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy..”
“Consider it an opportunity for great joy…” I’m pretty sure most of us don’t think of trials that way. When we are going through adversity we problem don’t say, “Man, I’m so glad I’m going through some tough times!”
No, most of us are praying, “Lord, I need your help… when will this end?”
But, James says adversity is good for us. He says, “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.”
When we are tested, God burns away the things in our lives that aren’t important. Adversity has a way of leading us to re-order our priorities. I have a book by Warren Wiersbe that is entitled “The Bumps Are What You Climb On.” The “bumps” are the tough times. When we face bumps in life, God uses them to help us grow.
So, if you are going through some adversity, God will us it to strengthen our faith. Hang in… Don’t give up. God is using the adversity make you a better Christian.

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