Ephesians 6
James 2

James 1

SCRIPTURE
 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

OBSERVATION
We need to change our perspective regarding trials and troubles.

UNDERSTANDING
James tells us that trials and troubles can make us bitter or better and that the testing and ensuing result gives us a state of our faith.  Our faith is only proven in the testing and immediately James tells us that one of the tests of our faith is trials.  But those trials if looked at through the eyes of faith will lead us to joy not bitterness because through the eyes of faith we see that the trials help us to develop a deep commitment to continue in the ways of God - to stay on course.  Faith that leads to joy reminds us that God is in control and that if we will trust Him, everything will work to His good.  Faith reminds us that we are His children with an inheritance that spans this life into eternity and today's trials are a vapor compared to the eternal joy that awaits us.

LIFE APPLICATION
Thank you God for the trials.

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