True joy is not dependent upon outward circumstances, but on an inward peace, knowing that our circumstances, whether good or bad, are all part of a spiritual journey.  This journey is a blessing because the purpose of trials is not intended to be punishment from God, but to be an opportunity to grow in our faith, to build strength and endurance that ultimately matures us in Christ.

Whether we manage to find joy and success in the daily struggle of life is largely dependent on our ability to persevere through even the toughest adversity without ever giving up. “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.”  James 1:2-3. The Apostle James asserts that trials are inevitable, and yet he maintains that we are supposed to consider such times as “pure joy.” We can look forward to a future glory that awaits everyone who perseveres through trials.  James 1:12 declares: “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”  Our present stress wilts and withers in light of what God has prepared for in Heaven those who love Him (2 Corinthians 2:9). It is when we focus on our eternal reward that we truly can possess joy during these stressful times.

We will face trials of many kinds, but God promises to be there for us and to transform us in a way that only He can do.  There is an inheritance awaiting us, in a perfect place that will be revealed in the perfect time.  Until then, I hope you will obtain the glorious joy that God has for your life now.  “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” 1 Peter 1: 8-9.

Let us make the Lord the portion of our inheritance in life. We will then find sufficient strength to battle all kinds of strife.