JOY IN TRIALS?!
You've got to be kidding, right? Trials are hard and ugly and painful; how can I have joy in that?
We can have joy in trials in the same way we have joy when we are training for "the big game" or a speech or a presentation. It's hard; there are long hours; we get tired; our brains or our bodies hurt.
We have joy in that because we know there is something better coming. We are going to be stronger, smarter, more equipped, more ready for the challenge ahead.
In the same way, trials prepare us for what lies ahead. Trials show us what we are made up. Most people know that if you want to know what a person is really like, put them in a trying or difficult situation. A person's true character comes out in the hardships. And THAT is why there is joy in trials.
We get to see that we aren't "all that;" we really aren't as together as we lead people to believe. We have some serious character flaws that need fixed. And only God is equipped to fix.
And for some, it takes a LOT of trials to bring them to the place of surrender and seeing themselves as broken and in need of change. Our whole purpose on this planet, for the brief time we are here, is to glorify God. That's it. Glorify God. To do that, we must become more like Jesus everyday we live and we must be less like the world.
So the next trial you go through, and there will be more, remember to be thankful for the love God has for you in that he does not want to leave you are you are, but to change you to be more like His Son, Jesus. Joy because you are loved that much!!
The first thing Jesus said to His disciples was "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." This same charge has been given to us. We are to be made into fishers of men so others can be made into fishers of men. This is the purpose behind the Great Commission. We do this by living the Great Commandments. The Great Commandments are:
- Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength
- Love your neighbor as yourself.
Jesus Himself said all the law and prophets rest on these two commandments.
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