4 Ways to View Trials as Joy Even Today
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Trials are part of this life, but when we remember to view them as an opportunity for future glory, we’re able to find joy. Imagine knowing the satisfaction that we didn’t give up when life felt dark. We fought, we stood firm, we fixed our eyes on Jesus, and knew joy because of the glory to come.
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory the will be revealed in us. – Romans 8:18
1. Our pathway to hope travels through perseverance and character. We can rejoice in (not for) our current sufferings because we know what they’re achieving in our character.
2. We are established and strengthened. The trials James 1:2 refers to are the kinds of trials we “fall into” as we live this life. They could be the consequences of a struggling economy, a devastating accident, or a time of persecution.
Instead of biding our time, we wrestle and fight for joy. Like the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly, we beat our wings against the chrysalis and emerge mature.
We struggle against the trial by standing firm in our faith and by letting the Lord lead us into maturity.
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast – 1 Peter 5:10
3. We don’t labor in vain. At times, God calls us to a specific time and place to minister, but he calls all of us to stand firm and to give ourselves fully to the Lord’s work. When we consider it joy when we face trials, we believe God’s plan for us and do the work of trusting him. Let firm faith lead your mind to belief.
Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. – 1 Corinthians 15:58
4. We gain testimony. There’s nothing more stirring than hearing someone’s own experiences. Our testimony matters. Throughout the Bible we find the importance of remembering and then telling others about the works of the Lord.
When the Israelites forgot, they strayed from God’s covenant. Now, more than ever, we need each other’s story.
Who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. – 2 Corinthians 1:4-5
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