Is there really joy in trials?
It’s hard to see the joy in coming up against trials. Joy isn’t being happy about it though. It’s seeing the good even in difficulty and accepting it.
[tweetthis]Joy in trials? Joy isn’t being happy about it but seeing some good even in difficulty.[/tweetthis]
If it makes us better people; humbler, kinder, more understanding, slower to anger, then it sets us aside as believers and followers of Christ. Being Christian doesn’t mean being perfect because if it did then none of us could ever claim to be one. God’s perfection is different than our own.
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. ~James 2-6
How I deal with difficulty brings me closer to Christ.
It’s hard to know how to work through difficulty with friends, family, or coworkers. But it’s part of life and so we have to figure out how to do that in a godly way. It’s challenging. At least it is for me. It’s been a difficult week with my husband deployed and conflict after conflict to resolve with family, friends, and even acquaintances. I needed the Lord’s wisdom badly. I’ve had to humbly ask for people’s forgiveness this week and to seek peaceful resolution sometimes resulting in what seemed like rejection. After prayer and asking for God’s help I realized that I have to be the person Jesus would want me to be and try every attempt to forgive and be forgiven. (Matthew 18:22)
You are never alone.
Some deeper reflection on last weeks gospel really brought some perspective to my battle.
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin. ~Hebrews 12:1-4
It’s not that hard after reading those words, which we truly place our faith and trust in, to put own on hurt feeling aside and make peace. It puts some perspective on our situation, at least it did for me, and it helped me see that I had to be the one to say sorry and swallow my pride.
So this week I have many things to be grateful for:
- Joy. It’s part of God’s plan.
- My sister’s safety despite a highway accident- she walked away with only minor injuries.
- Absences that make the heart grown even fonder. Even after 22 years of marriage.
- Cucumbers, squash, peppers, onions, and tomatoes from my garden.
- A new wardrobe.
- The excitement and beginning of a new school year!
- Creativity and not being too boring.
- God’s wisdom, which He gives freely to those who ask for it.
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