In the book of James he tells us to consider it all JOY when we face trials. This is a great verse!...
...to quote to SOMEONE ELSE that is going through a trial!!!!!!!
I don’t like it as much when the trial is mine!
But if I believe God’s Word is true, and I do, then I have to go back to it and decide. Decide what I’m going to do with these words.
Can I find joy in the trial? The joy he speaks of here is cheerfulness, calmly happy, calm delight, gladness. Can I let him show me joy like this when it’s hard?
Next, he says that my faith will help me persevere and through that I’ll grow. In the end I’ll be more mature and complete in him. Those are good things. I want to grow. I want to be stronger. I might not really be excited about it right now 😉 but I can see the good there.
Finally, he tells us if we lack wisdom we should ask God for it and he’ll give it. The wisdom we need for the trial at hand will come from God. We just need to stop and ask him.
I’m choosing to find some joy in a current trial with this passage & by reminding myself of a few very simple things as I talk to God:
"God, you are good. Whatever happens you are still good.
God, you are with me in this. I’m not alone. You are here. You see. You know. You’re here."
That’s it. You’re good and you’re with me. So, it’s gonna be ok.
He IS good. And he IS with you.
That’s where we find our joy. In him.
Can you stop in the middle of your trial and look to him?
Cling to him, & your faith will grow. You will persevere. You will find maturity and completion and wisdom in him.
James says it starts with joy. Can you choose to consider it joy? The present trial? Maybe just the fact that it’s made you look to him, made you more aware of him is enough to find some joy.
Remember, in his presence is fullness of joy. So if our trials make us look to him, make us more aware of him, then there’s our JOY.
“My fellow believers, when it seems as though you are facing nothing but difficulties, see it as an invaluable opportunity to experience the greatest joy that you can! For you know that when your faith is tested it stirs up power within you to endure all things. And then as your endurance grows even stronger it will release perfection into every part of your being until there is nothing missing and nothing lacking. And if anyone longs to be wise, ask God for wisdom and he will give it! He won’t see your lack of wisdom as an opportunity to scold you over your failures but he will overwhelm your failures with his generous grace.” James 1:2-6 (TPT)