When Kobe Bryant went down with an Achilles tendon tear on his left foot, the Los Angeles Lakers’ season pretty much went down with their superstar guard.
Bryant’s injury drew a huge response from Lakers fans and NBA fans worldwide, wondering how the long-time Los Angeles superstar could recover fully and still be able to play at a high level when he comes back.
The pains we go through in life are always associated with the trials we normally encounter in life.
Just imagine the pain of losing your loved one who has been very dear or close to you as you grow up. Or the pain of getting retrenched by the company you’ve grown to love. Perhaps, it’s the pain of seeing the years of your labor in business suddenly end up in flames after fire destroyed your factory.
It’s something we need to learn to live with and deal with as long as we live.
But the Bible says the pain we experience as we go through trials is not without reason.
James, one of Jesus’ earthly brothers, wrote in James 1:2-4 (NIV) to “2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
As painful as it is to go through trials in life, James was saying that we can derive a long-term, spiritual benefit from it.
Early on in my Christian faith, I wonder why would James say consider trials pure joy when all they cause is pain and suffering.
Only to realize later on that pain and trials have a purpose, that of producing perseverance in us.
When my left eye got infected by a rare bacteria four summers ago, I thought I’d go one-eye blind. I thought by just following the prescription of the eye specialist, I’d be fine, only to realize the next day that I was just several hours away from losing my left eye the next day.
But through that pain and trial, I learned to entrust my cares and concerns to the God. I got healed eventually and my faith in Him grew further as He showed me what He can do in my situation.
Colossians 1:17 says, 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
You might be in the brink of surrendering your hope and faith. Maybe questions linger in your mind why a powerful God would allow you to go through a life of difficulty.
There may be a thousands questions that is going through your mind today. Yet, one thing is certain, in Him all things hold together.
We can all take heart because Jesus said He has overcome (John 16:33).