f431c10bd8f3e6c1d5246eee9efe124eDear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. (James 1:2-3)

You may be going through a difficult time right now. Satan maybe hard press to keep you from all that God has for you. Trust me when I say don’t give into the temptation of self pity. The closer you get to where God wants you to be the greater the temptation.

I prayed and asked God for a different position. I was over looked on numerous occasions. At one point they just chose who they wanted for the position ( someone I worked very closely with) and didn’t allow me to even interview. I got an interview anyway, however they had already chosen my friend for the position, but I did get an opportunity to go through the process. I was very hurt that I didn’t get the position. I continued to work with my sister and as I did, I could hear God say, “This is a test.” I quickly got myself together and said out loud, “I will pass this test as well”. Because I was getting close to the opportunity God had planned for me, He wanted to make sure I was ready! My faith was tested in this situation, and as a result I was promoted to a higher  level position than the one I was seeking! 

Make sure you allow yourself to grow when trouble comes, because God maybe testing you. He wants to see how you will handle when things don’t go your way, or an opportunity is delayed. A setback is a reflection of a setup! So count it all joy when you are going through. Start writing your testimony about how God brought you out of the struggle and took you to higher heights because of your faith. He knows the plan He has for you!