Can you respond with joy when you are under trial?


Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
(James 1:2-4 (NIV))

I was reminded of this today when I went to turn my primary computer on this morning. Apparently sometime during the night after the previous night’s devotional finished sending, it crashed BIG TIME! This computer was my work horse. It had a huge hard drive for all of the applications and the data. I have an automated backup that grabs any files that have changed or have been added since the previous night. The bad thing is that it took me ninety minutes to get the computer to load a desktop before I could see the full extent of the problem.

I was trying to work!

I was supposed to be on a call, but the virtual call information was on that computer. As you can imagine, I was not a happy camper. Needless to say, I missed the meeting and I ended up spending all day trying to reconfigure another computer with the software that I needed.

I realize that this is a minor trial in the grand scheme of things, but when you rely on something and it fails, you scramble. When you have work to do, you scramble. When you have a large readership, you scramble. Today, I was faced with not being able to work as well as not being able to write and send a devotional this evening. Fortunately, I will be able to work tomorrow, and as you can tell, I am able to send this tonight. This day reminded me that nothing in this world is guaranteed. I pray that this is the extent of my trials for a while, but I know the enemy all too well. We will all face trials in our lives!

When we face trials, we must not lose sight of the One who walks with us through the midst of these trials. We must also remember that the enemy does not attack those who belong to him. These aspects are probably the most important things to remember when we face trials. If we are under attack, then we can rejoice in the fact that we are following the Lord in our lives. The attacks, both small and great, are the enemy’s attempt to distract you and make you stumble and fall away from Jesus.

Today, I was reminded to stop and rejoice even in the midst of my trials.

Can you respond with joy when you are under trial?

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