Through Trials to Joy
In the Word
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds (James 1:2).
Of the Word
Excuse me! Let me read that again. Consider it … joy … whenever you face trials … (James 1:2). Come, now! Joy and trials are not synonyms. Trials do not bring joy — or do they?
No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it (Hebrews 12:11). God shows His love even in the trials and disciplines that beset us. Through them He sustains us and brings us closer to Himself. Faith is strengthened, and He gives us the victory.
What trials do you have in your life? Be assured that a harvest of righteousness and peace is a part of His divine plan, and He will bring it to pass for you.
Walking with my Lord
Dear Lord, when I am brought low by trials and troubles, give me strength and understanding. Show me the joy that You have promised to me and to all who trust in You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Mustard Seed: Living in Joy. Authors: Dcs. Betty Knapp, Irene Mensing, Myrna Lou Meyer, Margaret White. 8/30 ©2005 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org
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