“Facing Trials”: Our Theme of This Week
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4 NIV)
Often times, we see hardships in our lives as a bad thing but James tells us differently. He actually tells us to consider it PURE JOY.
Pure joy, really?
How is this supposed to make me feel joy again???
The point James is trying to make is the purpose of our Christian walk is to become more like Christ. In order to get there, our journey must include suffering. It must have obstacles and disappointments.
Christ suffered quite a bit.
He suffered for us and now we suffer for Him.
As we suffer, we can turn to God and ask for his strength. Sometimes his love is the only thing that gets us through the tough times.
The purpose of exercise is to utilize one of our many gifts from God to glorify him. Our body is a gift and as we use it for what it is intended, we glorify God.
Our bodies are designed to move and work. God created us to be active. The stronger we are, the more equipped we are to face whatever life throws our way. And when trials are thrown our way, we should be as prepared as we can be to handle them.
So as trials come your way, know that God allows them to happen so you can depend on Him more and more. As you do this, you become more and more like Christ.
So rejoice in your trials and depend on God throughout them.
He won’t let you down…