SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. – James 1:2-4 (NIV)
When faced with difficult things, you may feel like you’re being emptied out day by day. You may feel like things are always going to be this way, and no matter how many times you try, things are not going to get better. Perhaps you’ve found yourself becoming more and more exhausted and less and less motivated to move on.
But in these moments, know that God is doing a mighty work in your life and in this process, through Him, you are lacking nothing. It doesn’t matter who abandoned you. It doesn’t matter what situation just fell through. Even when you’ve been thrown the most challenging, heartbreaking battles of your life, consider it joy. Consider that no matter how bad it gets, God is going to bring you through this, and most importantly, remember that you are not missing out on your purpose because things seem to be going wrong right now.
It might not seem like it now, but there will be a day when what you’re going through will hardly even cross your mind. You will look back on this time of your life as a time when you were growing in your faith and getting stronger than you’ve ever been. You will look back and remember the moments that you continued to find joy in the fact that God has promised not to harm you, but to take care of you, even though you were in the middle of the storm and couldn’t see it.
Consider it pure joy because you know that your Heavenly Father is taking care of you and in His timing, it will all make sense!
Biblical Context + Further Reading: James 1:1-18
DAILY CHALLENGE: Rewrite today’s passage in your own words.