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Our thoughts about our suffering must be directed to God’s goodness

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Meditating on Trials – Part 3

Scripture Reading: James 1:2-4, James 1:12

Key Verse: James 1:2

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds

The title for these last few devotionals has been “Meditating on Trials.” What does the word meditation really mean? One definition describes it: “continued or extended thought, reflection; contemplation” (www.dictionary.com). Whenever we allow ourselves to think about a particular subject, we are meditating on it. Certainly we all start meditating when we go through a season of suffering. Suffering is no fun and causes all of us to examine the purpose of our suffering. We think about it from all angles, wanting it to stop.

As we think about our trials, pain, and suffering, the Apostle James warns us not to come to the conclusion that our trials are random or punishment; this does not fit Christ followers and is not pleasing to the Lord. The Psalmist David wrote: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19:14). Our thoughts about our suffering must be directed to the goodness and perfect purposes of our Father in heaven! We must discipline our thought life so we can, “consider” our trials as God’s good work in us. Again, the Psalms encourage this: “Let my meditation be pleasing to Him; as for me, I shall be glad in the Lord’ (Psalm 104:34).

If you are a Christ follower and are walking through a tough time in your life, think about what you’ve been thinking about! Have you been “glad in the Lord”? (Continued)

Father, this is the day that you have made—both the comforts and the trials. I will rejoice and be glad in you! In Jesus’ name, amen.