"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds," James 1:2
Wow! How hard is that. The ladies at our church have started a new Bible study of the book of James. James has always been a favorite of mine and I was really happy when they announced the study we would be starting this week. Part of the study is to memorize the entire book of James. Now I don't know about you, but I have never been able to memorize anything very easily. So I guess that I am going to have to claim God's promise that He will grant me the strength to memorize His word. My wonderful husband has a system to memorize scripture and I'll be using his card system to complete "the race" set before me.
What kind of trial are you facing today? Is it a physical trial, a spiritual trial, an emotional trial or even a financial trial? Or is it a combination of any or all of the above. Our God is able to bring us joy throughout even the toughest trial. This doesn't mean we have to enjoy or be happy in our trial or to go looking for a trial, but that we can rest in Him and not be overwhelmed by our storm.
Just recently tornadoes have struck 20 miles south of us and 60 miles north of us, wiping out entire towns. Families are shattered, homes are lost, businesses are gone. But God is faithful through it all. He is our Jehovah Shalom, God is Peace. He can grant peace and comfort in any storm. I remember the night my late husband passed away. I got on my knees and prayed for God not to take him, but if it was God's will to take John home, I asked for the strength to go on. Now at the time, I was thinking that not taking John would have been in my best interest, but God could see the big picture. God had already been working in me to lean on Him in my times of trouble and, in His time, provided my with another wonderful godly man and five wonderful sons.