Count It All Joy

Life can be full of difficulties and troubles. We are not promised that we will be spared trivial problems or serious hardship. We are told we will have suffering and sorrow. That is the way life is in the world we where we live. We are not left with the negative, though. We are also told;

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way,
consider it an opportunity for great joy.
For you know that when your faith is tested,
your endurance has a chance to grow. 
James 1:2

It may seem troubles are simply that, troubles, things that make life difficult and unhappy. But the fact is trouble tests our faith and helps us to grow strong so we can continue on our journey of faith with courage and tenacity. When our faith grows and matures we lack nothing.

So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, sparkler-677774_640
you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.
James 1:3-4

I try to remember this when I start to complain about struggles with adversity, anxiety, distress, problems, illness, pain or any of the other woes that are common to mankind. I know that my struggling is minor compared to what many experience every day. Still, I complain and have a hard time to count it all joy.

So be truly glad.
There is wonderful joy ahead,
even though you have to endure many trials for a little while.
These trials will show that your faith is genuine. 

1 Peter 1:6-7a

I am learning that trials and troubles aren’t all bad. True, sometimes there seems to be no reason or sense to them but if I endure one day I will see the meaning of it all.  I have only to endure the testing of my faith to prove it real. I need to remember that all the things that seem dark and dreadful have a bright side, wonderful joy.

Blessings this day of grace,

All scripture from NLT

6 thoughts on “Count It All Joy

  1. Thank you for sharing these beautiful Scriptures! I needed to be reminded of them tonight. And I love this closing thought of yours: “I need to remember that all the things that seem dark and dreadful have a bright side, wonderful joy.” –Blessings to you!

  2. I loved this message too. Your meditations so often are divinely timed to strike a chord in my heart as well. I have worked hard, and continue to work at not seeing the difficulties of life as burdens, but rather as stepping stones to grow my faith, because I know that’s what they are. Really, I am very, very blessed, and I know that.

    • Thank you, Josie. I, too, have to work to see the joy when there are difficulties big and small. I think that because I have more than my share of blessings that I have come to expect them and don’t appreciate them as I should. I have far to go and it humbles me to know that I am not left to travel alone.

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