Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
My brothers and sisters, consider it nothing but joy when you fall into all sorts of trials, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. James 1.2-3
Most people do not like to go through difficult times. We would all like to see life be a bed of roses that feels soft and smells sweet. However, life is not like that for most of us, at least not all of the time.
We should be glad. James wrote to consider it joy when we face a trial or hardship. Not that most of us would pray for difficult times so that we have a chance to grow, but that needs to be our attitude when the hard times come. Lord, help me to see what I need to learn from this situation.
Many times we bring the trials on ourselves when we fall into temptation, not because of someone else’s desires, but our own. James wrote to be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger, 1.19. So often we act the exact opposite and much damage can be done.
James wrote that the man who endures testing is happy. For when he has passed the test, he will receive the reward that God has promised to those who persevere, 1.12.
What is your attitude during difficult times? Do you blame every one but yourself for anything wrong that you have done? Who do you see when you look in the mirror? Do you see a genuine person who is trying to have the right attitudes and actions in their lives? May we consider it all joy!