James 1:2-4 MSG “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.”
Perspective is EVERYTHING. Look at this slave of God, James, encouraging us to shift our perspective. He actually says we should consider it a gift when tests and challenges come at us, and not just from one side, but from ALL SIDES. Sound upside down? That’s because it is. Let’s think about yesterday’s devotion and how it connects to this. A slave of God would not see things from his/her perspective, rather from the perspective of the Master. When you know the heart of the Father is always towards His children, then you understand that even difficulty is for your good.
Let’s consider the process of a diamond. A diamond is only formed under pressure. Geologists explain that the natural diamond-creation process goes something like this:
Carbon must be present deep in the Earth’s crust.
Heat reaches about 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
Intense pressure of approximately 725,000 pounds per square inch is applied to the carbon.
Diamonds rise to Earth’s surface to cool.