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. James 1:2-3
Today’s verse should cause you to ask yourselves two questions. (1) What is this joy James is talking about? (2) How is joy possible when I am facing trouble?
When James wrote that we are to “consider it pure joy…whenever you trials of many kinds” he was not saying that we should derive pleasure from. Instead, he is describing a unique kind of joy-the deep sense well-being that comes from knowing that God is in control of everything in our lives. It’s an assurance that he is constantly at work, using both pain and pleasure to develop within us character traits of endurance and patience.
Today’s Bible Readings:
Joshua 21:1-22:20, Luke 20:1-26, Psalm 89:1-13 and Proverbs 13:15-16