2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you encounter trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4 Allow perseverance to finish its work, so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.James 1:2-4
A man saves his money and builds a house with it. After several months later, a storm arises and strikes the man’s house. The house stands because the storm only had winds of 80 miles per hour. He does an inspection and finds minor damages. So, he proceeds to invest more money in the house to upgrade it. Unbeknownst to him, there’s a bigger storm forming out at sea that its winds will reach 150 miles per hour.
The upgrade that he did will save his house from destruction. The house is a symbol of our faith in Jesus Christ, and the storm is Satan. It’s never pleasant when one is going through times of difficulty. But, it is necessary for the building up of our faith. As believers in Christ, we will get hit with a big storm one day. That storm is brought on us to topple our faith for good. The good news is that Satan will never destroy our faith in Christ because Jesus is the one protecting it (1Peter 1:5).
We can see a big storm that occurred to Jesus’ disciples before they received the Holy Spirit permanently.
31 Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith will not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”Luke 22:31-32
Not only did Jesus pray for Peter but He also prayed for all future believers as well.
15 I am not asking that You take them out of the world, but that You keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them by the truth; Your word is truth…20 I am not asking on behalf of them alone, but also on behalf of those who will believe in Me through their messageJohn 17:15-17, 20
Times will get hard but, not to the point where it’s going to destroy us. Actually, it’s for the opposite. It’s to make us stronger in the Lord to continue pressing forward to accomplish His will.