“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds.”
I am not sure if any of us would consider a trial pure joy. But we can consider it pure joy with the knowledge that God has a greater purpose through this trial.
- Romans 5:3-5: “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”
- 1 Peter 1:6-7: “In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”
When faced with trials and difficulties, make a conscious effort to shift your mindset from one of despair to one of joy. Look for the ways in which God might be using your situation to produce growth in your faith and character. Seek support and encouragement from other believers, and pray for the strength to persevere.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I thank you for the trials and difficulties that I face, knowing that through them, you are working to refine my faith and character. Help me to embrace these challenges with joy and perseverance, and to trust in your goodness and love. Give me the strength to endure, and surround me with fellow believers who can offer support and encouragement. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
NOW IF WE ARE CHILDREN, THEN WE ARE HEIRS-HEIRS OF GOD AND CO-HEIRS WITH CHRIST, IF INDEED WE SHARE IN HIS SUFFERINGS IN ORDER THAT WE MAY ALSO SHARE IN HIS GLORY. I CONSIDER THAT OUR PRESENT SUFFERINGS ARE NOT WORTH COMPARING WITH THE GLORY THAT WILL BE REVEALED IN US.