So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. I Peter 1:6-7
My wife came up with this blog series idea about being a warrior. We are after all fighting a spiritual battle, day in and day out. If you are being relevant, reading God’s word, serving people, and trying to live a righteous life, you are a target and are fighting tooth and nail at the front line. Front line battle is always the most intense and the most dangerous. We can be a warrior or we can be a worrier. Warriors know the battle is there and will not allow fear to overtake them and slow down progress. Worriers on the other hand allow their fears to take them to a place they don’t need to be, far behind the main battle line. For the next few weeks, we will go over some different aspects of warriors and worriers.
The first aspect I want to talk about is the warrior attitude. This is detailed in the above two verses found in I Peter 1. The Christian warrior has the attitude of joy in everything. Trials and tribulations are tough, but they are tougher if we as Christians worry about them. I’m not saying that we should not be concerned if we are dealing with a financial burden, a health issue, and other hard-hitting circumstances. We should be concerned enough to pray, to consider action, to take action, but not to worry. As a close friend reminded me just tonight, sometimes we have to step out and see what God’s will is. Sometimes that door may open; sometimes that door may close. We will never know unless we step through it and see. As we move forward through the trial the joy is that we know God’s promise to be in the midst of it.
Faith is a big part of the joy that we can have in our attitude. For me I am going through some financial burdens from my past that I have to deal with now. It’s not been a fun time, but I have learned to be content where I am and knowing that God is going to come through in the end. I can see the future being prepared for me and it’s going to be amazing. Doors are opening all around and showing me the direction I need to go to be even more content. My faith is strong because God saw me through a time in my life when I was close to death. He provided me the way out and I took it. It was not an automatic thing, but a step by step progression. Remembering God’s work in your life is the best way to keep your faith strong.
God loves the faithful and the one that trusts in Him completely to get you through that trial. He loves even more a joyful attitude that says you know He is going to do something good. God always changes the bad to good. That is a promise from God. A great example is the resurrection of Jesus. God took death and turned it into life. Jesus died a horrible death, but He came back alive. That is an example of what happens when we have an attitude of joy through a trial. We are resurrected back to life from the certain spiritual death we would could have had. Job is a prime example of the restoration God gives after a trial. Job did not give into bitterness; he gave into joy because he knew God was with him.
A joyful attitude is the first aspect or trait of a warrior, not a worrier. If you worry about everything, Jesus says you will not add days to your life, but take away days. By being a river of life means having a joyful life, even though you may be facing something menacing. Always remember that God behind, in front, and beside you all the way.
© [David Howard], [David’s Body Temple], 2011-2015.