10.20.2013

31 Days of Pure Joy: Day 20~ The Suffering (Part One)

 
     "Rain is liquid sunshine," I heard someone suggest yesterday.

     It's a sweet line to pair with our grueling sufferings. It encompasses the idea that suffering can be for good. Indeed, God works all things together for our good, so we should:

"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

     This principle proves challenging to execute, but we CAN and SHOULD have pure joy in trials. If we practice it in tiny trials such as low test scores or pushing through a rough day, we learn how to live lives of pure joy even in the darkest of our days.

     We all know that life is not perfect. Suffering has existed as a painful reality ever since the Fall of humanity. Nonbelievers may tease or taunt us because of our faith, but we can rejoice!

"Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets."
~Luke 6:22-23
 
     Rejoicing during suffering is trying and wearisome, but God will help you through it and give you joy through it when you depend on Him and search His Word for truth.
 

1 comment:

  1. Catching up on my blog reading, and I'm so enjoying these! I love to read your thoughts on some of the 242 joy references. Someone once said that theology is simply faith thinking, and it's encouraging to see how that comes through. Liquid sunshine = greatness!

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for reading! Also, thank you for making my day brighter with your encouraging words. I cherish each and every comment. If you check back in a day or two, I should have responded to your note. Thanks for dropping me a line!

~Madeline