Count It All Joy

 

 

 

JAMES 1:2–4, 12–12     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. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything…..12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”

Sometimes, you might face hard things — not necessarily because of anything you’ve done wrong — but because a purpose is being worked out for your benefit. Why do bad things happen to good people?

We read in James 1:1313 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone”  God does not tempt anyone. So why does the sovereign God allow bad things to happen to good people?

Consider Joseph who was so hated by his brothers that they couldn’t even speak peaceably unto him. Genesis 37:4 When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him.”

Think of him in that pit. And then in prison. Was it God who moved his brothers to hate him so much that they put a value of twenty pieces of silver on his life? Was it God who moved Potiphar’s wife to act with such slighted rage?

But God was with Joseph.

If we remember this truth even in hard places, we will gain the clarity we need to maintain a good attitude and let God finish His work — He is threading beautiful patterns with His purpose into the tapestry of our lives. Would we trust Him to finish His work, or would we become restless and unsatisfied with His work, yet unfinished? Would we unravel what’s already been accomplished, or would we trust God and wait quietly for Him? Lamentations 3:26it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.”

It’s all for a purpose!

God has not caused your pain, but He has allowed it because it’s accomplishing something beautiful in you, for you. You will not come out of this place without a glimpse of the unsearchable wisdom of God in allowing this present suffering. And you will thank Him for showing you this favor.

The dark pit is not a pleasant place to be, regardless of how you got there. The sting of your brothers’ hatred is not an easy burden to bear. The injustice of being shoved through legal systems to unfair places is not a cross that’s easy to bear.

But we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. With God’s help, we can do hard things. We can walk through dark places, and our expectation of seeing light at the end of it all will be fulfilled.

We see the beautiful purpose God worked in Joseph’s life — He never lost control as the story of Joseph’s life unfolded. The same God is with you. So count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations — because who knows the beautiful purpose He is working out in your life!

 

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