Dear brothers and sisters,when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 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. – James 1:2-4
This past Wednesday night at our men’s study group you could feel the weight on each one of us in the room. The weight of fear and doubt to what lies ahead and challenges that we feel we are not equipped for. We were not unique compared to anyone else but when you get together and begin to share life with someone you begin to know more about that person than what you gain on the hour on Sunday. You not only hear what God is doing in their life but what they desire from God to walk through each day.
It is so easy to let even the simplest of hardships to take our eye off what God does for each of us everyday. In Job 4:5, Eliphaz counsels Job and reminds him that “when trouble strikes, you lose heart. You are terrified when it touches you”. I do the same. I freeze up, become anxious, and lose sight of what works God is doing not only in me but in lives all around me. He has never forsaken us and He never will. God’s work and fight for us is never done however we put a time limit on our praises in return.
By the end of the hour, we were rejoicing in all the good that has been given to us and we were once again reminded. In that time, I “remembered when” last week my son asked Jesus into his heart at camp and the new job opportunity that my wife received when she wasn’t even looking for it. See, God is always there but we quickly forget when trouble strikes. His presence was there that night and when He knew the time was right he whispered, “remember when?”