Choosing Joy In Trials

Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.
Psalm 105:2
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

 

I experienced a minor trial lately, which caused me to complain needlessly.

How I have fallen short of the Biblical mandate again.

It got me to thinking how much discomfort it would cause me to go through a major trial of any sort.

Which led me to my devotions this morning, the last chapter of the book of Acts.

Paul is in Rome and goes before Caesar on trial for proclaiming the gospel. He writes the book of Ephesians, Philippians,

Colossians and Philemon while in prison, as well as later the book of Timothy and Titus.

Paul did not waste his time complaining as he awaited execution.

But then again, I’m not Paul and neither are you. He was a strong Christian warrior used mightily by God.

We can learn a lesson or two from Paul.

And we can become stronger Christian warriors as we lean on the LORD for His grace and strength in the middle of big trials or small ones.

Therefore, the words of Psalm 105 verse 2. “Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.”

A gentle reminder for all of us to sing praises to God in the middle of good times, bad times, and all the rest.

This past summer, I could attend a Christian Writers Conference in North Carolina.

What a huge encouragement that Conference was! We sang a song called “I Raise a Hallelujah.”

It’s all about singing in the middle of the storms of life! Such a glorious reminder of what we need to do.

We all know life is a mix of joys, sorrows, good times, hard times, stress, gladness, conflict, peace, broken dreams, fulfilled accomplishments for Christians to God’s glory.

The Bible tells us we will have trouble in this world. But we can also experience joy to the fullest in Christ. (Psalm 16:11)

Without the hard times would we appreciate as much the good times?

According to the book of James we are to “consider it all joy” when we face trials because it builds character and perseverance.

It makes us mature in our faith as we cling to God.

Isn’t it is so much easier to “consider it all joy” when you are going to a wedding or an exquisite dinner?

Yet as we cling to the words of Psalm 105 or James 1, it gives us hope. It gives us something to work towards.

God gives us hope instead of groping in darkness in the trials of life.

Keeping a Christlike viewpoint is much easier when life is going smoothly, and all is well.

We can learn from Paul. Above all our example is Christ on how to be more like our heavenly Father.

Then there are the living examples we meet every day. People who have endured difficulties beyond our comprehension.

Young wives who have lost husbands and still the exuberance of joy in Christ shines on their faces.

Warriors who have overcome hardships and obstacles beyond what most of us will ever face, still they are standing in the grace of our God, thankful and smiling. Behind the scenes there are often tears and it is a hard journey to cling to joy, but these heroes of the faith choose joy.

This joy is not laughter but a steadfast joy in the LORD. A peace that passes all understanding.

I am blessed to walk alongside many of these heroes of the faith

And I learn from them.

Let us pray for God’s joy to fill us today. To keep us steadfast, strong, and immovable.

We serve a great God!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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