Verse of the day.
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,
There is a big difference between Happiness and Joy. Happiness happens to you based on situations majorly positive situations. For example, you get a new car or a raise and a promotion, you would likely be overwhelmed by Happiness. Joy, on the other hand, is an internal feeling drawn from rest. It is drawn from a relationship cultivated with God that assures you of His control regardless of the situation – Good or Bad.
Now let’s examine our verse, James writes to the persecuted twelve tribes, “count it all as Joy”. The use of the word “Joy” is deliberate because when you face temptation or trials, the instinctive response to it isn’t happiness. It is a huge feeling of sorrow or sadness. We can’t be pretentious about this fact.
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As true Christians and followers of Christ, we become victims to similar ordeals that Jesus and the Disciples faced – abuse, mockery, trials. These are not fun times but when we draw closer to the promise of God that says He’ll never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5), we can be filled with Joy and a renewed Hope that everything would be fine.
Our faith is tested in many ways which show the working of our trust in God. It is easy to trust and proclaim things when we are fine but what about when it’s time to “walk on water?” How ‘crazy’ is your faith in God in that moment?
When you are faced with sticks and stones that can actually break your bones, would you in that moment be able to say – ‘regardless of what it costs me, I am counting all these as Joy because I know that God is in control?’ Because this is when it really counts!
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Lord Jesus, fill me up with your Joy that I might be able to withstand the trials that come my way.
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