Joyful In Trials

Lately I have been seeing more and more how we need to be count our trials joy.  In the book of James, we are told to consider it all joy when we encounter trials.  In the book of Philippians Paul says to rejoice in the Lord, alway; and again I say rejoice.  Definitely this would mean even when we are encountering trials. 

Trial are sent to us from God.  What is it that trials accomplish?  They prove and purify our faith.  They teach us lessons.  The make us more patient.   So what reason do we have to complain about them, when they are given to us by God, and have help us in these ways?  Really instead of complaining about them, we ought to be thanking God for the trials that He gives us. 

As this has been on my mind, as I read through the book of Acts recently the example of Paul and Silas stuck out to me.  In Acts 16 when they had been thrown into prison, it says that at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God; and the prisoners heard them.  They had just been beaten and thrown in prison, for no good reason, and yet they weren’t complaining.  Quite the opposite of that, they were singing and praising God. 

O God, make this be our attitude in trials!

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  1. That’s a good thought! Sometimes I wonder where my trials are, though. It doesn’t seem like I have them very often. If they’re so good for me: produce patience and all that, then I want trials! Way back in the day, before you were at our church, I remember having a discussion at Bible study about suffering. We saw that suffering produced so many good things. We began to wonder whether it would be right to pray that we could suffer. We never came up with a good answer, though.

    Laura

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