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Opportunity For Joy

Opportunity For Joy

17 July 2009

Scripture:

2 Dear brothers and sisters, whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy. 3 For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything. (James 1:2-4 NLT)

“Whenever trouble comes your way..” What a way to start a book of the Bible! How about starting with, “Of course, nothing bad will ever happen because you’re a Christian!”

It’s better to tell the truth than to sugar-coat things and then lead people to be disappointment. The truth is, trouble comes our way. When it happens we have control over at least one aspect of the situation… we can control our attitude and our response.

Let it be an opportunity for joy! That’s a choice that we can make if we understand what’s actually happening and what the possible outcome is – Our faith is being tested and it’s an opportunity for our endurance to grow.

God loves me just the way I am, but he loves me too much to let me stay just the way I am. He wants to help me be strong in character and ready for anything. God will make the most of every difficult and challenging situation I face. Question is, will I?

Prayer:

Father, I appreciate the honesty of your word but it’s not easy to face the fact that trouble will come my way. Help me to fully embrace the reality of life and fully appreciate the purpose in everything you send or allow to come into my life. I purpose to listen for your voice and look for your guidance. I’m determined not to panic and not to give up. May I embrace each challenge as an opportunity for joy and an instrument of growth. Amen.

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