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“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow” (James 1:2-3).
The holiday season is a time of joy with Christmas lights, holiday baking, carols, and much more. What if you face trials or hardship during this season? James, the brother of Jesus, tells us to respond with JOY- not anger, frustration, fear, sadness, or worry. The complete opposite of how we tend to react to trials, troubles, or hardship.
Hardship + Trial + Trouble = Joy –> Growth & Strength
By instructing us to respond with joy, God is not discrediting our pain or hurt. He wants us to keep our focus on Him and not be overtaken by trial or trouble. God is in control. He will use our challenges and hurts to develop each of us into a devoted and mature Christ-follower (James 1:4). Ultimately, each challenge or hurdle we overcome allows us to discover more about ourselves and who we are in Christ.
The difficult moments of life are inescapable and often unexpected. But ALWAYS remember- you are a son or daughter of the King of Kings- the Lord our God, who reigns in heaven. The God, who does not sleep and the Creator of all things. You can walk through your difficult moments with joy in knowing God has a perfect plan for you, and He is always with you (Hebrews 13:5). Even during the holiday season, if you face difficulties or trials, you can still have joy in the assurance God is at work. May the Christmas lights, holiday baking, and carols bring you comfort. They serve as a physical reminder Jesus is the light of the World, who gave you the Holy Spirit to walk beside you step by step, moment by moment.
May the Lord Bless You,