“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials” (James 1:2).
“For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning” (Psalms 30:5).
“Then he said to them, ‘Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10).
When we are given lemons, we make lemonade! When we receive a bag of what may be considered to some sour lemons, we can either pull a face indicating their sourness or we can be grateful for an opportunity to add sugar, heat and stir for sweet lemonade. It always serves us better to do our human best to smile, sweeten the circumstances and drink a cold glass of lemonade! Yes, it is simpler written or said versus done. Yet, it is within our ability to respond to people, places and/or circumstances as to whether we will stick to sourness or change all into sweetness like a nice cold, delicious glass of good lemonade.
The LORD tests our hearts. We must consider it pure joy for trials and tribulations of many kinds testing our faith and hearts in Jesus. There may be absolutely no joy during the trials or tribulations whatsoever. However, persevering the trials and tribulations through to their end causes for the pregnancy and birth of joy.
Joy mostly comes at the back side of difficulties. During the difficulties we may experience anything but joy. Once the circumstances have settled and we have passed through the challenges to the other side then our joy comes from having undergone deep waters and emerging in greater strength. Our strength comes from Jesus’ authority that we then receive as army-like ranking stripes on our shoulders in having experienced and overcome the trials and tribulations. Our victory is in passing through the troubled waters into a new season with the joy of The LORD as our strength.
The joy in the morning that is produced and birthed from championing dark nighttime obstacles and challenges is the same joy that will help us divide and conquer the next rough situation. The joy from prior victories is the joy that will carry us through next the set of trials and tribulations. The LORD equips those of us who genuinely want to follow Jesus. I reference Dancing with Camels by Mike Burnard for more insights on our journey with The LORD.
Who are we to think we will escape persecution and troubles when Jesus Himself was persecuted and in fact died an excruciatingly painful death for our sins? We are not at all above Jesus. We do battle earthly trials and tribulations testing our faith, loyalty, steadfastness, and trust in The LORD. Father GOD equips us who truly want to closely walk in, by, and with Jesus’ Holy Spirit for the glory of The Bible coming to life through us.
PRAYER: Father GOD, in Jesus’ Name may we taste and see Your goodness! Amen.
Blessings in The Most High