“Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.”
James 1:3 KJV

It is a known fact that adequate preparation for situations (mental, physical and otherwise) makes one better at handling them. We can handle tough situations easily when we are prepared, not when the toughness is taken out of the equation.

Notwithstanding the prevalent teachings on faith, we must understand that it is not lack of faith to be ready for the hard times. Rather, it is a sure proof of faith. Does this sound weird? Let’s consider the scenario below.

In Genesis 26:12-15, 19-22, we see Isaac being fruitful in different lands and the inhabitants being envious to the point of blocking up his wells of water. Our key lesson here is the fact that he kept digging, as if he was unbothered by their disdainful acts. He could have said it wasn’t God’s will for him to have wells or dwell in the land (as some would say today). Rather, he dug till they disturbed him no more.

The year 2020 might have come with a truckload of uncertainties for many but we would agree as a body that we were adequately prepared. This was largely because of the words from God we had received at the start of the year and a sound teaching curriculum along those lines. Faith in the never-failing word of God saw us through the year and we did record outstanding testimonies.

Many believers expect that with faith, they can avoid unfavorable situations. This is true but is not always the case. When we say we exercise faith, it means that regardless of the outcome, our faith in God is unshaken.

“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]”
John 16:33 AMP

In preparation for His departure, Jesus made the statement above to His disciples. Folks, it applies to you too. Be of good cheer, Christ has overcome!

The faith of God in us is an “engine” created to withstand any situation (see our anchor text). It builds a strong resolution in you such that come what may, you will overcome.

When Paul said he could do all things (Phil 4:13), he meant he could abase and abound. Such is the life we have been called unto. In plenty or in scarcity, in joy or in persecution, in fame or in shame, our faith is intact.

Heb 12:2 also shows us how Christ, “…for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” He is our perfect example in time of suffering as we rejoice in the hope of what is to come.

Similarly, when you study hard for that CFA exam or report regularly at the gym for workout sessions, you endure the pain (momentarily) in the hope of a rewarding outcome. That is faith at work.

Beloved, we kick fear, doubt or anxiety out the door. They have no place in our minds. By faith, we are prepared!

Bible Reading Plan:
Matthew 11:20-30, Acts 16:6-40, Psalms 26, Exodus 7-9

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