Many Christians have believed the lie that they will never go through anything. I’m here to tell you that is not true at all. (James 1:2- My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;) James is not only telling us that we will be tempted several times, he’s also telling us to count it all joy. Why would we be joyful about being tempted?
Joy is a fruit of the Spirit; a calm delight. (Philippians 4:7- And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.) God’s peace doesn’t protect you from the storms of life, it (guards) keeps you from allowing your emotions to control you. It allows you to choose joy and be at peace despite what’s going on in your life. When you’re walking in the Spirit, you’ll be led by the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). When you’re being led by your flesh, you’ll be led by your emotions. The devil wants the storms of life to influence our emotions. He wants us to worry, be angry, fearful, impatient, etc., because they’re the opposite of the fruits of the Spirit.
In 2 Kings 4, we meet a woman who’s a Shunammite. Her son died and she was going to see Elisha the prophet. When her husband asked why she was going to see Elisha, she didn’t even tell him what was wrong, she only said: “it shall be well”. Shall means expressing the future tense, so she was speaking prophetically. “Well” in Hebrew means to be at peace. When she got to Gehazi (Elisha’s servant) and he asked her how everything was going, she said: “It is well”. I’m sure there were a lot of thoughts going through her head, such as “My son is dead.” “What am I going to do?” etc. When she got to Elijah, she fell at his feet and panicked. Her son is dead and she went to him because she knew he could help her, but why did she panic when she finally reached him? She went from “I will have peace”, to “I have peace”, to “My peace is gone”. In this storm of her life, she allowed her emotions to override her peace. She should’ve kept the same attitude she had when she spoke to her husband and Gehazi.
Things normally get tougher when you’re closer to your breakthrough. When you’re in a storm, don’t just say everything will be okay, believe that it will, no matter how hard things get. Your composure will only be kept if you keep your eyes on God knowing that He’ll make a way for you to get through the situation you’re in. Elisha did heal the women’s son and “It was well” just like she told her husband it would be. When you go through divers temptations, remind yourself that “It is well”.
By: Monique McGill