“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me”—John 14:1 (NLT).
Waking up to an overcast sky recently, I smiled in spite of the gloomy weather. When I thank God for a cloudy day, I always say, “God, while the sun is not shining, your Son always shines upon us. Thank you for your Son, Jesus Christ, my Savior, my Redeemer, the lover of my soul.”
Fluffing up my pillow for a few more minutes in my warm bed, I recalled a recent conversation with one of my best friends. Her heart was troubled by the passing of several extended family members this year. I could relate.
Although I’ve not lost any family members this year, I’ve mourned the passing of two dear friends, both to cancer. One passed in February, the other in September. For a while, my heart has been troubled by their passing. Then, I remember the joy of precious memories, often related to conversations, or events we’ve shared.
Discovering Joy in Troubled Times
In James 1:2-3, we’re reminded that when troubles of any kind come our way, we should “consider it pure joy because . . . the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”
Many of us struggle with this verse. How could joy come from troubled times? How does it produce perseverance? The dictionary.com definition of perseverance follows: “steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.”
In theology, perseverance means “continuance in a state of grace to the end, leading to eternal salvation.” Grace to the end. Only with Jesus.
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SOURCE: Assist News