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I Choose Joy

Like an athlete, pain is considered a joy if it gets them in shape, God makes sure our pain works good in us

Our Right to Rejoice: Our Persistence in Rejoicing
The Product of Testing – Part 1

Scripture Reading: James 1:5-8

Key Verses: James 1:2-4

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,  because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

I’m afraid that our printed key verse for today has been taken too lightly by Christ followers. Some have tried to explain it away because they felt it too unreasonable to expect a person to have joy over trials. But we must consider the reasons for this joy, then the joy can be real!

Trials, according to the Apostle James, develop perseverance. I think every Christ follower wants to be able to finish strong and enjoy eternal rewards. Who of us with that goal wouldn’t sign up for anything that helps us get to those rewards? Like an Olympic athlete, pain is considered a joy if it gets them the Olympic gold medal. Learning that perseverance is a result of testing and trials helps us relax our fear of pain.

Secondly, this passage of scripture tells us that this process leads to being “mature and complete, not lacking anything.” Wow! I want that. How about you? I want my walk with God, through Christ, to be so complete that I will lack nothing! I want that enough to consider trials as a joy. Joy, for me, is a deeper emotion than the more surface emotion of happiness. I don’t always feel happy about my trials, but I do have a deep sense of God at work in me. If God is making me like Himself, there is a deep sense of joy in my soul. Immature Christ followers fail the test of trials by complaining and grumbling. Let’s determine to learn the power of joy!

Father open my eyes during the trials of life to see your hands at work in me! I will rejoice with persistence while you work! In Jesus Name, amen.