Wilderness experiences and challenging times of testing are a part of every Christian’s life and if it has not shown up in your life yet, just keep living. Storms of testing times are inevitable and for a divine purpose, so I encourage you to hold on.
Tests and trials are necessary for us to mature, grow, and learn how to trust God; they come to test and strengthen our faith. When we hold on in the storm and persevere through testing times, it produces patience and shows us who God is and what we can do through His strength, grace and mercy.
Remember, God promises to work all things together for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. We are more than conquerors and can do all things through Christ, who strengthens us.
The Apostle James says it as follows:
(James 1:2-4, 12) “Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way …. 12 Anyone who meets a testing challenge head-on and manages to stick it out is mighty fortunate. For such persons loyally in love with God, the reward is life and more life.”
Hold on through your storms of testing times and be blessed in God’s strength!
Listen to this song, “Bishop T.D. Jakes – This Test is Your Storm,” and be encouraged as I was when God dropped it in my spirit during the testing time that I am currently experiencing in my life.
Jo Anne Meekins is the founder of Inspired 4 U Ministries and Inspired 4 U Publications; and an author, publisher, coach and speaker.