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  • Writer's pictureCarolyn Elson

A Word About Trials

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. James 1:2-3 ESV

What to keep in mind about trials

1. It is not if, or maybe, but when. Trials will happen. The term when is defined as “at such time or at such circumstance.” That’s a pretty definite term.

2. Trials are circumstances that test us. There are many kinds and they come in all shapes and sizes. It isn’t always catastrophic either, many times they show up as little everyday annoyances.

3. Trials are supposed to produce endurance or steadfastness. A character quality associated with hope. This type of endurance is the kind that does not quit, give up or surrenders to the circumstances.

4. Counting or consider it joy does not mean we have to be happy about a trial. Joy and happiness are two different things. Joy can be something that comes out of or is produced through a trial as we learn to endure it. Trials are opportunities for us to see God at work.

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