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Consider it pure joy

 

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know 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.

Have you ever wondered why two people can experience almost exactly the same trial and one stays hopeful while the other becomes hopeless? In the above passage, James is telling us we have reason to hope while we suffer because there is purpose in our tribulation. Trials develop perseverance, which then produces a mature faith.

Perhaps this is one of the qualities of those who are hopeful during tribulation. They do not view their trials as useless, a waste, or a distraction from the goodness that they could experience in life if only they didn’t have problems. They see them as a reason for greater intimacy with Jesus. They believe that through every trouble God is shaping them into a greater likeness of Himself. They believe in Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.”

They also know their trials have not been randomly given to them by God. Instead, they see their suffering as a very personal thing between them and their Lord; every trial they experience has been carefully filtered through the loving hands of Christ to mold them and their faith and to mature them as He deems necessary. Because these overcomers know their suffering is a personal thing between them and Christ and no trial is in vain, they do not grieve as those who do not have hope. Instead, they grieve in hope. They struggle in hope. They suffer, and they wrestle, and they cry in hope.

What are you going through today? Are you grieving in hope, suffering in hope, wrestling, and struggling, and crying in hope? Today, even through tears, tell the Lord that you trust Him no matter what road He asks you to walk. Then praise Him for a growing faith that is more precious than gold.

 
 
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