“God whispers to us in our pleasures . . . but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse deaf world” (C. S. Lewis).
At times of comfortable circumstances, we can become independent – yet in times of struggle, we seem to better acknowledge our desperate dependence on the God of all comfort.
Church leaders regularly seek God, desiring His direction and presence. Perhaps the desire to hear from God is a subtle invitation to a season of trials.
James 1 helps us with perspective… 2Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.
God is more concerned with my maturity than my comfort. If my goal is the same, I can give thanks with joy even in tough times. If I need the wisdom to keep a healthy perspective, I can ask the one who gives generously to all. As the book of Job teaches, I may not get all the answers to my “why” questions, but I can certainly seek the wisdom of a proper perspective so that I might stay the course with joy.