This week’s devo is coming to you all the way from Nairobi, Kenya! Maurice and Jael have been apart of the BFR Family since 2013 and we are so very thankful for both of them and the impact that they have had on so many. Be encouraged.
Testimony Begins with “Test”
Names: Maurice Ogola & Jael Shali Ogola
Businessman & BFR Project Counselor
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. James 1:2-3
Sometimes people say to us, “Oh, I wish I had the kind of marriage you have.” Well, we did not get it by wishing. These people didn’t see when we stayed in a single-roomed house for a year, when we went for some nights with little or no food, miscarried our first pregnancy, didn’t have money to afford basic needs and feeling we couldn’t hold on one more second, begging God to help us to not quit or give up. They don’t know the tests and trials we’ve faced along the way.
No one who does anything worthwhile for God has traveled an easy road. Doing great things for God requires character, and character is developed by passing life’s tests and staying faithful to Him through the trials.
I’m sure you know people with amazing stories of the way God has worked in their lives. We always love to hear a great testimony, but we also know that behind every extraordinary account of someone’s life lies some kind of challenge or difficulty. No one ever has a testimony without a test.
We must pass all kinds of tests as we go through our lives, and passing them is part of never giving up. It’s vital for us to understand the important role that tests and trials play in our lives, because understanding them helps us endure them and actually be strengthened by them. Everything God permits us to go through will ultimately be good for us—no matter how much it hurts, how unfair it is, or how difficult it is.
When we encounter tests and trials, if we will embrace them and refuse to run from them, we will learn lessons that will help us in the future and make us stronger.
One reason we must go through trials is to test our quality (1 Pet. 4:12). Often, we find ourselves wishing we had the faith of Sister so-and- so or Brother so-and-so. We can assure you, if they have a strong and vibrant faith, they did not develop it easily. Just as muscles are strengthened through exercise, firm faith comes from the furnace of affliction.
Put into action: God has a unique plan for your life. Trust Him when you go through tests, knowing that they are strengthening and preparing you for the great things He has planned specifically for you.