Shift Your Perspective, Recover Your Joy
Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors.
- James 1:2-3 MSG
As Christians we will all face times of difficulty. Why is that? Because it's all part of God's master plan. Jesus went through many trials during His earthly ministry, and just as He went through those trials, we too will go through many trials.
There are several stories in the Bible where people endure some very difficult situations and yet they find joy in the midst of their pain. My favorite story of this is Job. He had absolutely everything taken away from him! His family, his career, his health and yet he still found reasons to worship God (Job 1:21). Honestly, it’s hard for me to imagine losing everything I have and still praising God.
So, how can we find joy in the trials we will go through? Simply by shifting our perspective! I believe that obeying God's command to be joyous in the midst of trials is really dependent on how you look at your situation. If you really look and examine your trials you will ALWAYS, ALWAYS find at least one thing to be thankful for. It’s truly impossible to not think of one. We can always be thankful for God’s unending love, thankful that we have a mansion waiting for us in Heaven, and thankful for the very breath in our lungs.
Trials, quite honestly, SUCK. But God uses those trials to make us stronger. Our trials are one of the ways The Father develops our endurance and personality. They strengthen our faith and help us prepare for what’s to come. So let’s praise God for them and through them.
1. Am I going through a trial where I may be losing my joy?
2. How can I recover my joy through this trial?
Hey God, thank You so much for this day. Thank You for Your Word that will also be there to remind me, to be joyful and praise You through every situation in life. I ask that You help me to always remember that You, above all, are always good.