“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,” James 1:2 (ESV)
Following on from my last post, I want to keep looking at this subject of joy.
It’s a natural reaction to be joyful when things are good. To praise God when everything is going well. When we experience success. Not failure.
But what happens when it all turns to crap? Do we blame God?
Do we throw our frustration at Him? Questioning His good judgement? Abusing His wisdom?
“Trials” are a necessary part of our growth.
I know from my running that stress is required for improved performance.
As we adapt to these small stresses, we are then better able to withstand the extreme ones.
It doesn’t necessarily feel good at the time. It may be uncomfortable, even painful.
But there is a greater purpose behind these “trials”.
And God has promised that He will never “leave [us] nor “forsake [us]” (Hebrews 13:5).
prayer : that God the Father will “deliver [me] from evil” (Matthew 6:13)
action : trust God that He has my best interests at heart