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When Trials Come, Rejoice!

When Trials Come, Rejoice!

Consider Trials Joy?

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:2-4)

Joy in trials? James was kidding, right? He certainly wasn’t talking about the trials faced by a 21st-century Christian. Does James expect us to rejoice in challenges like pornographic television, murder-filled video games, demonic movies, judgmental relatives, nasty neighbors, evolution teachings, and abortions preformed right down the street?

Did James have any idea how much today’s mothers have to do and how little time there is to do it?

Did he know what it was like to oversleep only to awaken to brothers arguing savagely over a matchbox car while your sweet daughter is drawing on the wall with permanent marker and the toddler is roaming about unsupervised dragging a blanket though the mess the puppy made, and your anti-homeschool mother-in-law is ringing the doorbell? This is cause for rejoicing?


Yep, James was talking to us. We all want a life of justice and fairness void of trials but we are promised trouble, testing, tribulation and suffering. The mighty men of God came only through trouble and suffering. God says, Tribulation worketh patience; patience, long-suffering and kindness, come by way of trials.

I have spent more than my fair share of time trying to avoid trouble or disappointment and praying against trials, but when I look back over my life I see how these trials have made me stronger, refined me as explained in 1 Peter 1:6-8. God uses trials to bring me to a place of deep surrender of spirit.

This does not mean trials automatically produce spiritual fruit. If we walk in the self-pity of our flesh, trials can make us bitter or resentful, hard, cruel and cynical.

God will transform those who look to Him for guidance. God asks that we have a tender heart, a teachable spirit, and a yielded will. If we surrender the trial to God, and praise Him, trusting He will work the trial for good–we will develop character and noble living produced only through the tribulation process.

Don’t pray for exemption from trials, but pray that God will teach you and use troubles to mold you into the person He created you to be.

God’s grace is sufficient for every situation (even when your mother-in-law pops over for an unplanned visit). His abundant goodness, kindness, and love are available to us for the asking. He promises to deliver us and give us deeper intimacy and greater faith through all trials.

When the storms of life blow our way, we can either cringe in despair or flee to the heavenly Mercy Seat—the God of all comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4).

Learn to recognize trials as treasures in disguise and REJOICE!

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Psalm 46:1



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  1. This post is a blessing to me, as I am going through some trials at this time. (Aren’t we all?) But sometimes we lose sight of God during this time. Thanks for the reminder that He is always with us.

  2. Hi Robin,
    Ive learned one thing, don’t pray for patience when your going through trials….I pray for endurance and strength that God will help me through it. Love the post and have a good day today!!!

  3. Angela

    Thanks for the reminder! Boy can I relate to your post. I really appreciate the encouragement. Happy Hannukah!

  4. I literally just got finished writing about how change is going to come – usually just when you have settled into life as you know it. You can embrace what you face, or you can try to hide from it. Either way, it is still coming.

    Joy is the only way to survive. Thanks for reminding me!

  5. Thanks for this reminder, Robin. A habitual complaining about our circumstances can also indicate a demonic stronghold if we feel we can’t kick the habit of complaining,

  6. Thank you, thank you, Robin!!! Such an encouraging post. You are so right, if we accept our trials with the wrong spirit (self-pity) we let in wrong attitudes such as bitterness, etc. It seems to be such a fine line sometimes when the fire gets so hot! We just want relief! That’s usually when I crawl back for a refreshing drink of God’s Word, and it keeps me going for awhile longer…’til the next time I need a living water.

  7. Thank you for your thoughts and sharing them with us. I needed that. It is hard to rejoice with an unsaved husband who does not understand my aspirations for the kids are completely different than his. I am determined to strive for the goal, and keep going when satan throws his fiery darts of trials at me. I find comfort in my savior and rejoice in him. Whatsoever things are good, think on these. That is what I try to remember. God is good.

    In Christ, Bev

  8. Anonymous

    at work i find myself getting upset over every little thing that goes wrong.
    So, i said to myself “i love it when this stuff goes wrong ” “because it gives me a chance to develop patience and perseverance.”

  9. Hello,
    I am a brain tumor survivor and i just started a new blog. I want to “Comfort others with the comfort I have been given.” Please take a look and pass it on.
    God Bless and let us both grow from the trials He send our way.


  10. It’s so hard to believe all this pain and down times come from God. People who believe in God or don’t will have good and down times. How do we even know his will in it? It must be the persona attitude, you are in charge and have a choice to be happy I’ve learned. Knowing it’s Gods will isn’t the least comforting, knowing the things that go on in this world. I choose to believe in a loving good God, and I choose to believe I am going to be happy and strong, try my hardest and better myself. Life’s too short to be depressed, especially when we see others happy and getting things they want, let alone happiness and being normal.

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