Joy in trials? You must be kidding!

“Consider it pure joy, when you face trials of many kinds” James 1:2

No root = fall away

No foundation = fall down

Be prepared!
My heart is heavy. Oh God please hear my prayer. You said you will never leave me or forsake me. You are Lord of Lords and King of Kings. I run to you. I take refuge in you. I need the outstretched arm of the mighty one. This life is full of trials. You are my root. You are my foundation. In you I will put my trust. The joy of the Lord is my strength. Your word says “consider it all joy when facing trials.” This seems impossible Lord.

Its not the joy of Johanna. Its not the joy of approval. Its not the joy of family. Its not the joy of money. Its not the joy of success. Its not the joy of a prosperous life. Where do we get our strength and in turn our joy? Joy comes from the Lord. No other thing or person can give us fullness of joy.

A test, you have to prepare for. A test also has an outcome. A test lasts for only a season. We have to prepare by being rooted in the word, staying close to Jesus. If we don’t, when the tests and temptations comes we will fall away. We are either going to pass the test or fail the test. There are only two outcomes. A test, also doesn’t last forever.
Whenever I had a test in school, if I was prepared I was ready to take it on and had my eyes already set on the “A” I was going to get. I was in anticipation for what I knew was to come because I was prepared. I could go through the test joyfully. On the other side of the coin, when I was ill-prepared I went in with much anxiety and no hope. All I had was chance, and I really knew deep down that the failing grade was coming my way. How could I have joy in that situation. Joy is not something that can be taken away. Joy only comes from the assurance of Jesus. When we believed and trusted Him he gave us the assurance of a passing grade. We have no reason to doubt and this is where we can find our joy through every circumstance. When James said “consider it all joy” I think this is what he meant. He didn’t mean the trial itself was meant to be joyful , but we know the outcome and the outcome is He has overcome it all and He will bring us through it, and this is ALL the reason to be joyful. To HIm be praised. He is my Joy!

My hope is built on nothing less, than Jesus blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name. On Christ the solid rock I stand. All other ground is sinking sand.

Have you had your heavenly meal today?

I Samuel 3:18 He is Lord; let him do what is good in his eyes.

Just as we need earthly food to give our bodies strength, how much more do we need heavenly food to nourish our souls? If we only ate once a week, we would be severely malnourished and probably would not live long. The consequences would be great. Our soul is no different, it needs daily food to thrive. When we deprive ourselves of earthly food, we starve, and when that intense starvation is present, we are weak, and when we are weak we will grab hold of just about anything to put in our bellies even if it’s not healthy or remotely good for us. Our spiritual state is the same, if we are not being nourished consistently in God’s word, and simply feasting on Jesus, the one who fully satisfies, then we will begin to starve, and become weak, and when the trial or temptation comes how do you think we will stand? We can stand strong in the face of adversity or temptation by staying satisfied in Jesus. He will give us the confidence and strength to say “He is Lord; let him do what is good in his eyes.”

I have found that it is easy to get steered off from reading the Bible and I want to fix that. I want to be full of Jesus and if I neglect time in His word and prayer I will starve.

My prayer: Lord, fill me up so that I can know more of you and in return share Jesus with those around me. Nourish my soul so that I have the strength to stand in adversity and temptation and so that I may be able to give of myself as you gave yourself up for me. In jesus name! Amen!