Choosing Joy In the Midst of Trials

September 16, 2016 | Tags: ,

Be glad in the Lord and rejoice,
you righteous ones;
shout for joy,
all you upright in heart.

-Psalm 32:11

Scripture tells us in Galatians 5:22-23 that the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control. Therefore, those of us who have the Spirit of God dwelling in us have the power to choose joy in the midst of our trials. We are to “Rejoice in the Lord always” (Philippians 4:4). But how do we do this when we are suffering?

The answer lies in part to what our suffering is about. James 1:2-3 says, “Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.” Our trials are allowed by God so that we will walk closer to Him, cling to Him more tightly by faith, and rely less and less on our own abilities. This is how we grow to experience His presence more deeply, and when we experience Him more deeply, we are filled with a joy from Him that overshadows any trial we are facing, no matter how dark the trial seems to be. We begin to see the trial from His perspective, and when it’s from Him, it’s always filled with hope. We begin to see in part the good He is bringing out of the trial, and in this we can have joy.

You may be in the beginning of the trial right now and all you can see is the darkness. Keep seeking Him, Dear Friend. Open your Bible frequently and allow His Word to speak to you. Ask Him to open your eyes to what He is doing in the trial, and make the decision to keep turning to Him each day. Proclaim by faith that no matter what, He is good. In time, you will begin to get a sense of hope, and eventually, joy, that God is truly faithful to never leave you during the trial and to bring good from it.

You may be on the other end of the spectrum and have been in the trial for weeks, months, years, or even decades. Look back and thank Him for His presence with you the whole time. Rejoice in His promises like in Jeremiah 29:11, where He says, “For I know the plans I have for you…plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” And keep seeking Him as well. Keep praying over the trial and believe that He hears your cries for help. In time, deliverance will come, and know with joy that Jesus will be glorified through your situation.

It is my prayer that you are strengthened by these timeless, uplifting truths from God’s Word today. I pray Numbers 6:24-26 over you:

May the LORD bless you and protect you; may the LORD make His face shine on you and be gracious to you, may the LORD look with favor on you and give you peace. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

By Courtney Silberman

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