“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature, and complete, not lacking anything.” ~ James 1:2-4
They say troubles come in doubles. Sounds true, isn’t it? There are times when we see troubles coming one after another leaving us feeling exasperated, frustrated and annoyed. Our peace is disturbed and joy is swept away. We become angry, cynical and complain.
The Bible exhorts us to do just the opposite. Consider it a joy. When we look at those troubles through the eyes of faith, believing in God’s goodness, that He is good all the time, we stir up within us patience, endurance, hope and perseverance. The troubles remain the same, but through it all we come out stronger in faith. This faith precipitates joy that is doubled up within fueling the will to carry on. We begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Job, a devout man mentioned in the Bible exhibited this attitude when faced with troubles. In a single day, he lost all his property and children. His enemies suddenly attacked and looted all his oxen, donkeys, and camels. A fire from the sky burned all his sheep. And all his children were killed when the walls of the house crashed on them. But Job expressed sincere faith in God’s goodness. He exclaimed, ‘The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.’
Jesus says in John 16:33, ‘In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.’ We can draw strength from Jesus to not only face but overcome troubles. If you are facing troubles, take heart and cheer up. Things will seem brighter soon. For God is greater than any trouble. He will bring you through, when you trust on Him.
“Dear Jesus, it’s so reassuring to know that I can lean on you in the midst of any trouble; that You will take care of it all. Lord, strengthen my faith in You. Amen.”