Trials and joy.
They don’t seem to go together, do they?
Some get bitter, sour, and hard.
Others see trials and suffering in this life through new lenses. Before 1990, I couldn’t see the truth or the logic of how trials can bring joy because I saw trials with old lenses.
“My brothers and sisters, fellow believers, when you have many kinds of troubles, trials; and testing, you should be full of joy consider it all pure joy,” (James 1:2).
No rock throwing – hear me out first.
As a Jewish Christian James was no stranger to trials and suffering; neither were the new Jewish Christians reading his letter. I believe he wrote his letter to encourage and lift them up.
Were they ready to believe how trials can bring joy?
I don’t know.
But are you willing to change your thinking? Are you ready to see your life through the lenses of God’s vision instead of your limited vision?