James 1:2 - Troubles Are Opportunities for Great Joy.
James 1:2 (NLT) Dear brothers and sisters,
when troubles come your way, consider it an
opportunity for great joy.
No matter what challenges and
difficulties you face, you can trust God to see you
Thats why the Bible says you can
rejoice when you face trouble: Dear brothers and
sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an
opportunity for great joy (James 1:2 NLT).
Its easy to misunderstand this verse.
Gods not saying be a martyr. Hes not saying
deny reality. He's not saying fake it til you
We don't rejoice for the trouble. But we
can still rejoice during the trouble because of
what we know is true.
And what is true? We know that God sees
and cares about everything we're going through.
We know that we're never alone, that God is
always with us. We know that he will give us
strength if we trust him.
One of the greatest comforts when you're
going through troubles is Gods promise in
Romans 8:28: "We know that in everything God works
for the good of those who love him " (NCV).
God has promised to bring good out of bad
for us - in everything. That includes the
pandemic! That's not a promise for everybody. It's a
promise for believers, those who love him and are
committed to living according to his purpose.
When you're in a tough time, joy is a
choice because you can rely on the goodness of God.
Joy is not based on circumstances, and thats
why it's your choice to rejoice no matter what
Joy is not based on circumstances, and
thats why you are able to make a choice to rejoice
no matter what your situation is.
Joy is based on what we know is true, and
its based on our faith that God will fulfill his
promise to work things out for good, according to
In Psalm 34:1, King David said, "I will
praise the LORD at all times; his praise is always
on my lips" (NCV). Even now, we should thank
God. Praise God. Rejoice in God - not just in
good times. At all times. [Daily Devotional by
Rick Warren: https://pastorrick.com/devotional/]
LINK FOR FURTHER STUDY ON THIS PASSAGE
James 1:2-4 - Joy in Trials:
If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in
hearing from you. Thanks in advance and let's keep
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred
LINKS WORTH CHECKING OUT
Most Important Decision in Life:
A Man without Equal by Bill Bright:
Seeking God Made Real:
Prayer Made Real:
Importance of Choice:
http://creationhealth.com/CREATION-Health/Choice [click on video]
Medical Seminar on Healthful Living by David
DeRose, MD, MPH:
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Hope Awakens Bible Study Guides:
Glow Tract Video Bible Studies:
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Unlocking Bible Prophecies by Cami Oetman of
Adventist World Radio (currently live):
Hope Awakens by John Bradshaw of IIW:
The Last Day of Prophecy by Pastor Doug
Prophecies Decoded by Pastor Ron Clouzet: