Let There Be Purpose In Suffering

In the last couple of months I have determined to memorize the book of James. I haven’t gotten too far, but what I have memorized has been a great help to me.

James 1:1-4 “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect that you may be perfect and complete lacking in nothing.”

I have heard a lot of people say they don’t want to meditate, teach, or pray about trials because they fear that God will test them by sending a trial. I really believe that we are going to be facing trials regardless. It doesn’t matter if I try to ignore the subject or not, God is clear that the trials will come. So, I figured I should be getting my heart ready for trials instead of waiting till it was too late. The command is very clear that we should be prepared for the trial by counting it a joy that the Lord is producing in us character. The character is steadfastness and it will help us be perfect and complete lacking in nothing. God has purpose in our suffering. Trials are being used to accomplish many things.

Right now I am praying this passage for a guy in our youth group. A guy that has become very dear to Derick and me. I just heard this morning that last night while walking home he was attacked by four guys with metal pipes. Thank the Lord they don’t think he has suffered any brain damage or spinal damage, but his suffering is severe. He has a broken nose and shattered eye socket. My prayer is that God would use this in his life as well as his dad’s life to produce steadfastness. I hope you will pray with me that God would be glorified in this situation and that we all will “count it all joy”.

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