Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. —  James 1:2-3

It is no surprise that difficulties cause us to question God. Even those without faith blame God for their troubles. But we who have faith must be different. We must choose to consider trials to be a joy, not because we are suffering, but because trials teach us perseverance. When our faith is tested and proved resilient, we grow in maturity and completeness. So, if we had no trials to test our faith, we would not learn to persevere and would always be immature, incomplete. Understanding that God is maturing us and completing us by teaching us to persevere under trials is what should enable us to find joy when we experience them.

Father, You know that my tendency when I encounter setbacks, illnesses, disappointments, or losses, is to become angry and depressed. But I pray that in those moments Your truth would overshadow circumstances and emotions. Enable me to discover whatever work You are doing at such times, and to remember that in Your will I have nothing to fear concerning ultimate outcomes, and that in any trial You are making me more mature and complete by building perseverance in me. Father, remind me of your sovereignty, power, and love for me in spite of anything visible or experienced. By remembering this, help me to have joy even in trials, and to persevere.

God is sovereign. He knows what you are going through. He is powerful to do all He desires, and He loves you and cares for you. Remember this, and so dare to be joyful when encountering trials of any kind. Persevere.

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