Scripture: James 1:2-4 NIV "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. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."

What happens when our "still place" is not peaceful? What happens when we are stuck in an unpleasant place? Whether it is a bad marriage, an unpleasant work environment, an unwanted friendship, trouble with our family, or a church family gone wrong. These are all trials we go through on a daily basis and trials God may have us remain in for a little while.

Many of us experience trials, and we want to escape them immediately. Well, I am here to tell you that sometimes, God does not always permit us to do so. Even in trials, we do not have the authority to exit. We have to pray and wait for God to answer us with directions. When God does not answer, this is not our permission to leave or act on our own accord.

We all hate to be uncomfortable and think God should rescue us at the first site of discomfort. We like to think God is not in those discomforting places, but that is the best place to find Him. I have had my closest moments with God when I was stuck in an uncomfortable still place, seeking God wholeheartedly.

Yes, we could abort a trial by leaving the church, the relationship, or the job, but if we do, we may miss the tools we need for our purpose ahead.

If God has spoken promise into your life, remember there are tools you will need to carry out that promise. If you are patient in trials and tribulations, you will come out whole on the other side. Allow God to instill in you the tools needed to fulfill your promise. Stay in the still and wait on God's direction. Continue to pray and be faithful to God, trusting He will pull you through in His timing.

Faith Step: No matter what "still place" God has you in, vow to sit and wait on His voice. Do not be anxious, do not fall prey to a voice that is not His, and do not lean to your understanding, for, in due time, He will speak.

Heavenly Father, thank You that Your grace is sufficient for every trial and difficulty that we will face in our lives. May we be ready and willing to patiently learn the lessons that You would teach us in each situation in life, knowing that we are being perfected in the process. Help us learn to patiently endure with joyful thanks. In Jesus' name, AMEN.

Written by Donnis Prass