Dr. Dan Nelson
James 1 teaches that we are to “count it all joy when [we] fall into divers temptations” (or various trials). Does this apply? Absolutely. But how can we consider it joy when our children/students are misbehaving or are surrounded by misbehaving children? Because God has placed them in a laboratory experience where they can be monitored and challenged by biblical principles for dealing with the problems they are facing. Rarely does God remove His child from the rough seas; rather, He gives grace and strength to make it through the rough seas.
Our responsibility as parents, teachers, and administrators is to challenge our children to respond to the situations they face in a Christlike manner. The Word of God “is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” In other words, it tells us what we ought to be doing, when we are not doing what we should be doing, how to get back on course, and how to stay on course. We cannot ignore problems--we must deal with them, but we must deal with them biblically. The lessons that our children learn are invaluable for life. The principles of the Word will guide through any gale; the promises of the Word will never fail!
As spring comes the waters once again become calm, and excitement fills the air as the island of summer comes into view. (I may be overworking this analogy!) But for now, as we occasionally face stormy seas, let us steady our sea legs under us and look to our mighty Captain, Who will pilot us safely to shore.