“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.” James 1:2-3 NIV
There comes a point in each trial or crisis – a rock-bottom place – when we are forced to make a decision. We decide either to let the trial defeat us or to let it better us.
If we succumb to the pain of the crisis, bitterness begins to grow in our hearts, eventually darkening our spirits. But a decision to fight back against the trial brings hope and even a glimmer of joy.
Salvation is a good example of this. Did you know that 99% of Christians accepted Christ during a moment of crisis or great trial? Think back to when you first made the decision to accept Christ.
When we make the decidion to let trials change us / grow us, we begin to experience a sense of our Heavenly Father with us He is the bright spot in the midst of the pain and grief. He begins to massage our hearts with the oil of gladness with a sweet aroma that permeates even the most difficult circumstances.
The events or circumstances around us might not change, but our hearts and attitudes do – we experience the joy of relationship with Christ in the midst of our sorrows.
Father, whenever I am going through a crisis in my life, help me to choose to reach out to your healing, hope and joy. Help me to cling to that hope and joy no matter how long it takes to get through the trial/ Amen!