Our Joy

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.

James 1:2

A wise father who sent his son to college promised to give him a monthly allowance. But he told his son, “I’m not sending you a monthly check. If you want it, you’ll have to come home to get it.”
In the same way, our heavenly Father says, “I have things for you, but you have to come to Me to receive them.” God wants fellowship with us; He wants to interact. God likes to hear from us. God likes to talk to us. God likes to give us gifts.
And God allows certain circumstances in our life to remind us of our dependence on Him. If life were all rainbows and unicorns, we would not be prone to seek Him in prayer. If we were always in good health we would not pray as much. If we never had a need for God’s provision or we never had prodigal child, would we still pray? Probably not.
Trials bring us to God. Right now you might be going through a difficulty. Maybe you’re facing a trial of some kind. You have a family conflict, a problem at work, or problems with your health. Maybe life isn’t going well for you, and you’re saying, “My life is terrible right now.” And, I am sure it seems that way.
But understand God intends the trials we face for our good. And they will turn out for our good if they brings us to God in complete dependence because that is a sign of spiritual maturity.
James says, “When troubles of any kind come your way, receive the trial with great joy. Consider trials as your friend? You can when you see how they open your eyes to your dependence on God.

David Ball