James 1:2—– My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy.
Are you surprised to hear me say that our mind speaks to us even when our lips are closed? In the midst of our trials, the commentary in our head goes on throughout our waking hours. When we are worried, the commentary is given by none other than the devil. If we keep listening to his commentary we become stressed out, agitated and upset. We begin to speak negative things, believe them and sink into depression.
But the trials that we encounter in life are not meant to make us weak and depressed. They are meant to make us stronger – How? with the help of scriptures, from the Bible. . . . . In the midst of our trials, if we believe that God is in control and we trust Him totally, this understanding will make us mature and patient. With God at the helm is there any reason to worry? No! Hence we can be joyful in the midst of our trial and God’s Word will strengthen us throughout our circumstances.
Isaiah 61:7—–Because their shame was double, and dishonour was proclaimed as their lot, therefore they shall possess a double portion; everlasting joy shall be theirs.
Troubles and opposition come when we do something wrong or sin and get into messy situations. The above scripture does not speak about this kind of self made trouble. But troubles and opposition also come in the midst of living a good life. In this situation, if we continue to live joyfully in the midst of this opposition, we will inherit a double portion of blessings and rewards.
Focussing on the scriptures in the Word of God instead of getting bitter and agitated, will help us develop patience and maturity. This will lead us to the position where we can avail of that reward as promised in the above scripture!
Patience with others is Love. Patience with self is Hope. Patience with God is Faith.