Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,” [James 1:2]

What person does not face trials!  Trials are part of the warp and woof of life.  According to James there is a very definite purpose for trials.  One in which we can find ‘pure joy’.  That means it’s not ‘made up, manufactured, make-believe’—but the MIRACLE OF FAITH!

Listen to how the Message spells it out, “Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides.  You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors.  So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely.  Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way”!

You might ask ‘how’, by what formula could I risk believing such extravagant reasoning?  Three things that will help you to take the risk.

Because suddenly you know whose in charge—“My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you” [Job 42:5]

1)       Because you know who you are—“Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.” [Romans 8:17]

2)       Because it will provide and prove faith as a way of life—pressure reveals that which is precious—in our life trial is the doorway to triumph and a testing ground for God’s glory. “…in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us…” [Romans 8:37] and nothing can separate us from the Love of God.  Tears may last for the night but in the morning at the awakening of your faith there will be…PURE JOY!

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