How does the testing of your faith—trials of various kinds—produce steadfastness? When you come out on the other side of the trial—when you finally emerge from that difficult situation—you once again recognize that God was with you in that trial. He didn’t leave you alone to fend for yourself. He didn’t sit far off in heaven, watching from a distance, wondering how you were going to handle the situation. He was with you. Every step of the way, He was with you. He goes before you. He’s your rear guard. He’s by your side. He’s right there in the midst of the trial.
The writer of Hebrews reminds us, “He has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we can confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear…’” (Hebrews 13:5-6).
I’ll be the first to admit that His presence is not always obvious at first glance. There have been times in my life when I wondered where He was. In the midst of the trial—that testing of your faith—God can be eclipsed, concealed by the hardship. But He’s there. In the light of eternity His presence will be clear and obvious. Here and now, it’s not always apparent, but true, nevertheless.
Yet, if we trust in Him and His constant abiding presence, regardless of what we feel or what it seems like in the physical realm, then we walk through those testings confident, assured that He is with us.
When we do that, we can count it all—every test, every trial, every hardship, all—as joy.