Friday, May 19th
Title: Rejoicing in a Better You
Scripture: James 1:2–4 says,
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
Main Idea: We can rejoice in times of trial because if we remain steadfast the trials will make us much better people.
More: Here God calls us to joy in the situation that on our own we would regard as the least joyful. In the situation that normally would lead us to complain, and feel sadness and self-pity, God calls us to rejoice.
He says to “count it” joy. That means it is a deliberate decision, a choice to interpret a situation based on something other than natural feelings. We reckon the situation in a counterintuitive way out of obedience to and faith in God.
We do that by turning our attention away from our feelings and situation and onto the good effect God has for us in the trial: that we develop steadfastness, which develops in us perfection and completeness, to the point we lack nothing! That is amazing! That is worth going through a trial for.
Faith and Worship Declarations: Although my trials are painful, I choose to feel good about becoming perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. I celebrate the increase of holiness. Lord, I praise you for you wisdom and goodness in allowing trials in my life. Give me steadfastness equal to the challenge.