Finding Joy In Struggles; James 1:2-3

“Consider it all joy, my brothers, when you encounter various trials,for you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” James 1-2-3

Recently, I have found myself stuck in various situations that are not necesisarily ideal and are more than trying. The situations I have came across over the past couple of years have taken me by surprise and often caused me to struggle with hope and trust in God. I’ve seen how my joy that I once had has dwindled and the fire I had was put under a bushel. Despite this, God is still working… It was very much evident when I came across this Bible verse.(James 1:2-3)

Too many times when a trial or challenge comes out way, we our quick to panic, we are quick to turn our backs on God and begin to sit in a hole of self pity that brings us nowhere… We do exactly what the Word of God told us to do… We become depressed,anxious,fearful,hopeless,lost etc. We fail to realize that the fire we are walking through is purifying us.. the flame is making us stronger.. and we are NEVER walking through that flame alone. Even when we don’t feel God’s presence, it is in those moments He is CARRYING us through those flames… Burning His own feet to protect ours. He loves us so much that He gave His life on a cross at Calvary to redeem us of our sins.. and what do we do in return? We sin.. we lie.. we cheat… we become hopeless… we doubt Him.. We don’t believe in His miracles… we turn our backs on the One who’s own back was scourged for our sins.

We fail to realize that we need to struggle… For many of us, if we did not struggle we would feel that our lives were “perfect” and that we didn’t ‘need’ God. So God allows us to go through those trials so we realize that we do in fact need Him. Why not instead of becoming hopeless and angry and fearful when a trial comes ours way.. we turn to God and remain joyful.. Not joyful about our circumstances but joyful in the fact that we are suffering WITH Christ and FOR Christ. We remember that the trials we our facing are helping us grow in perseverance and often in many other ways. When the Lord tests us there is a greater reward.. there is a greater outcome that we cannot see because we are NOT God. Many of us(I included) often forget that we are NOT God and that we are unable to see the bigger picture.. Our tiny little minds are unable to see the bigger picture because we were NOT made that way.

By calling to mind who is our STRENGTH and where our help comes from we will be able to “Consider it all joy…”knowing that He is working ALL things together for the good of those who love Him(Romans 8:28) By finding joy in Our Lord Jesus Christ we can overcome ANYTHING the world throws in our face because ALL things our possible with Jesus(Philippians 4:13) …. If we have Him.. who has the WHOLE world in His hands… we can do ANYTHING! He IS the God of the impossible.. He is the God of miracles… He is the God who IS our Father who LOVES us VERY much!

When we place our hope and trust in the Lord, we have no reason to be down.. we have no reason to fear.. and we have no reason to feel hopeless. He is a Way Maker! He can and will do amazing things in your life if you only let Him in.. If you only open your heart and receive Him and ALL your trials with TRUE joy from the heart… Put your hope in the Lord and watch your life change!

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