There is faith and then there is 'enduring faith.
Have you ever been in the place where there is no way out? An impossible situation? A place of hopelessness? There is absolutely nothing you or anybody else can do about it. Most would think that's a horrible place to be in. But for the Believer, while not pleasant, it can be a blessed place because that's where the God who is able...the God of no limitations...shows up and shows out!
It's a blessed place because it is where we grow in real faith. It's where we learn to hold tightly to the Lord. We recognize that if our God doesn't move on our behalf there is no hope. This is when we are established in an 'enduring faith.' "Having done all to stand, (we) stand."
"My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience (ENDURANCE)."
Yahweh wants to produce in us endurance and enduring faith, not some feeble 'flash in the pan' kind of faith. He wants us to be marathon runners, not sprinters.
There is only one way that 'enduring faith' can be produced...it's through the 'fire of trial.'
The key to finding 'joy' in trials is knowing that Yahweh is giving us opportunities to exercise and increase our faith...to practice 'enduring faith.' This increase of our faith turns us from fear and desperation into great delight and 'joy.'
"Weeping may endure for a night, but JOY comes in the morning."
Shalom!!! Written By: Dale Croft