“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.” (James 1:2)
No one that I know of rejoices whenever they face trouble. Most of us try to solve our problems as quickly as possible. Yet this verse tells us that difficulty is an opportunity for great joy. How can this be?
“For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.” (James 1:3)
Trouble normally brings a testing of our faith. During times of trouble, we have to decide whether or not we truly trust God? We have to resolve whether or not we believe that God will take care of us? James tells us that it is during such times of testing and examination that our faith has a chance to grow and develop.
As we read through the Bible, we see many men and women of God who had great faith. How did they receive such faith? Did God bless them with an extra-ordinary amount the moment they accepted Him as their Savior, or did He do something to help their faith develop? If you will study their lives very carefully, you will see that many of them faced trials and testings along the way. With each difficulty came the temptation to doubt God. But with each difficulty also came the opportunity to trust God. Those who put their faith in God saw Him move, and with each miraculous movement, their faith grew stronger.
This is why James tells us to rejoice whenever trouble comes our way. We may not rejoice over the difficulty we’re experiencing, but we can rejoice over what the difficulty can bring.
“So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” (James 1:4)
I close today with some lyrics from Andréa Crouch’s song – ‘Through It All.’
“I’ve had many tears and sorrows, I’ve had questions for tomorrow, there’s been times I didn’t know right from wrong. But in every situation, God gave me blessed consolation, that my trials come to only make me strong.”
“I thank God for the mountains, and I thank Him for the valleys, I thank Him for the storms He brought me through. For if I’d never had a problem, I wouldn’t know God could solve them, I’d never know what faith in God could do.”
Through it all, through it all, I’ve learned to trust in Jesus, I’ve learned to trust in God. Through it all, through it all, I’ve learned to depend upon His Word.”