Dear brothers and sisters, whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy. For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. James 1:2-3
Sometimes faith leads us to a wonderful conclusion. Taking a risk and trusting God can lead to abundant blessing. But faith also means that we trust God when things do not work out the way we want them to. There are times that we pray and fast and do everything right and still the outcome is different then what we want. We find ourselves dazed and confused, that after we have done what we thought was the right thing our efforts are not blessed as we had expected. Instead we find ourselves facing loss or tragedy or heartbreak. That is when real faith comes in. We need to decide if we will give in to the natural self pity that comes with disappointment or if we are going to trust God in the darkness. Are we going to look for joy and peace in whatever circumstances? Are we going to look for strength to face our challenge? Are we going to have faith?