Jeremiah 17-20; James 1

Trials.  They hurt.  They test our patience.  They try our faith.  We cry “It’s not fair!” Jeremiah prayed for deliverance from his enemies who were falsely accusing him.

“Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for you are my praise.  Behold, they say to me, where is the word of the Lord?  Let it come!  I have not run away from being your shepherd, nor have I desired the day of sickness.  You know what came out of my lips; it was before your face.  Be not a terror to me; you are my refuge in the day of disaster.  Let those be put to shame who persecute me, but let me not be put to shame; let them be dismayed, but let me not be dismayed; bring upon them the day of disaster; destroy them with double destruction!” (Jeremiah 17:14-18 ESV)

It is very difficult to walk through trials.  As someone who likes to be in control of “what comes next” it’s very difficult to let only God know the answer to that.  But on the other side of health issues, job loss, death and other various trials, I am closer to God and my faith is stronger.  James tells us to “count it all joy.”

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.  And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:2-4 ESV)

Trials are also blessings in disguise.  God allows the hurt but there is a purpose and we are always better for it and there is even a reward in it.

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love Him.” (James 1:12 ESV)

Help us to cling to You during the trials that life sends our way.  During those trials, help us to focus on Your goodness and how we will grow when it is all over.

Amen, Kellie

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