"Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing." James 1:2-4
Life is incredibly difficult. We have many hardships and responsibilities put upon us, and more often than not, the challenge seems more than we can bear. I had always prayed for wisdom to handle tough situations. This was the Biblical thing to do, right? Praying for wisdom acknowledges that we do not have all of the answers and that we need God’s guidance to get through a situation. Solomon asked for wisdom, and he was blessed for his humble request beyond measure (1 Kings 3:7-14). Surely this is what we should do; especially when we are faced with difficult situations.
However, what I eventually realized was that I was not actually asking God for wisdom, but rather was hoping for divine intervention to fix the problem! I wanted God to just tell me what to do in the hard situations. Then I wouldn’t mess it up. Even better, he could just swoop in and remove me from the situation altogether. Going through struggle, pain, and uncertainty is not pleasant, and they often last for much longer than I would I would prefer.
I am learning that true wisdom is knowledge plus experience. I wasn't going to gain the knowledge of how to navigate adversity without first going through the tough times while leaning on Him. It is in those tough times that we experience the pain and refinement that allows us to empathize with others. It is in those tough times that God teaches us and reminds us of his faithfulness.
Now I still pray for wisdom to handle the trials that come my way, but I know that when difficult situations arise, I will rejoice knowing that God is teaching me and using these challenges to give me the knowledge and experience needed to navigate the difficulty for His glory.
Scott Weeks, Administrative Pastor