April 28, 2023
2 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.
As we walk out our lives of faith in Christ, we will encounter trials of various kinds. And James, Jesus’ half brother, tells us that we should count it all joy. Why are we told this? Verse 4 is the answer. Because we are being perfected in the faith. God sovereignly allows us to go through various trials because He uses them to make us more like Christ. Trials, therefore, are opportunities to grow closer to Him and be transformed more and more to His likeness. When we encounter trials, do we recognize this? Because by recognizing a trial as such will greatly help us on how we respond to it. Instead of responding with pride, we can respond in humility. Instead of responding with anger, we have the opportunity to respond with grace. It’s all about perspective. So, today, let’s ask ourselves that question: “how do I respond when trials come?” Respond in faith, respond in humility, and then praise God for loving us so much that He isn’t interested in leaving us where we are. Praise Him for actively growing us closer to Him and changing us into the likeness of Christ! Praying for you always. Have a blessed weekend!
🙏Pray for me as I pray for you.
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Pastor Jamie Payton