Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. James 1:2

In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials …. and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory. 1 Peter 1:6&8

Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall. No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:11-13

Today’s thoughts from today’s verses:

The world in which we live is full of troubles and those troubles regularly come our way. Often the way we cope with those troubles reveals all. It is not natural to welcome troubles and to somehow have our troubles lead us to joy. The world offers pleasures and comforts and most of us go about life conditioned to pursuing these ends. When we come to faith in Christ this conditioning becomes one of our greatest challenges. God is not committed to our having a comfortable life, however, but rather to our having a righteous life. When we finally join God in His goal of us having a righteous life and we make it our primary pursuit, we will discover through a Divine awakening the joy that God bestows when righteousness is produced in us through the pressure and pain of troubles.  

Today’s prayer response from today’s thoughts:

Lord, I join you in having righteousness be the primary goal of my life. Please awaken joy in me as you help me to embrace the work you are doing in me through the pressure and pain of my

troubles. May I see you, know you, and experience you right in the middle of it all. I love you and worship you, Lord. Amen!