I have an old pair of flip-flops that I like to wear at the beach, but there is a problem with them, the insoles are made of leather. The reason it’s a problem is because I get them wet every time I wear them. Being wet is not the problem, the problem starts when they are drying. The insoles are glued to a rubber bottom, and when they dry, they begin to curl up. They will eventually stretch back out when I wear them. I never intended to expose shoes that had leather on them to this kind of torment, so when I first got them wet, I wasn’t sure what would happen. This is like the testing of your faith. You know the old pair of shoes won’t let you down, because they’ve proven themselves faithful. We go through trials to help us let go of the things that God wants us rid of, whether it’s pride, self reliance, or sin. Just like my flip-flops, I know that I can take them in the water and expose them to the sun, and they will still be useful to me, especially since they’ve proven themselves reliable.
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4