Monday, January 13, 2014


James chapter one verse two states, "Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds," There's more to this verse, but verse two is what I was focusing on today.

Who on earth is filled with joy when they go through trials? Well apparently, Christians are supposed to.

Most of the world runs as far as they can from any sign of pain, of hurt, of hardship. No one really wants to go through heartache and grief. So why is James saying we should "count it all joy" when we encounter all kinds of trials?

Let me list the good things about trials. Trials mold and perfect our character. When we stand strong, asking for God's help, our attitude will glorify God. When we go through trials, we have a chance to show other non-believers that God gives us joy, even in times of darkness. We have a chance to encourage other believers. But most of all, we have nowhere safe to run to, except Jesus. When we run to Jesus, we grow closer to Him, we learn more about Him, and we love Him more.

Yes, hard times stink, especially for our flesh. But when we ask God for joy, He'll give it to us. He might not give us complete relief from the pain -- maybe He'll give us strength to go through it. And isn't that far more worth it?

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