What does that really mean? How does that help us in our Christian walk?
The testing or trials we undergo come in various ways. Becoming a Christian will often require us to move out of our comfort zones and into the unknown. Perseverance in testing results in spiritual maturity and completeness. This is why James wrote, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds” (James 1:2). The testing of faith can come in small ways and daily irritations; they may also be severe afflictions (Isaiah 48:10) and attacks from Satan (Job 2:7). Whatever the source of the testing, it is to our benefit to undergo the trials that God allows.
However, when we are in the middle of these situations, our only prayer is often, ‘How long O LORD’? Instead, we should ask, ‘What am I to learn from this’? Be mindful in your difficulty.
The LORD often gets blamed when something goes wrong, but He seldom gets credit for all the things that go right. Every day people get up, get dressed, drive to work or school or the store, and return home safely. No one knows how many times the LORD has protected us from harm. But when there is a tragedy, we ask, “Where was God?”
When I consider all the wonderful things that My LORD does silently on my behalf each day, I realize that my list of praises is much longer than my list of petitions.(Isa. 25)