Joy – A Fruit of the Spirit 5/8/2018

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1 Peter 4:13

“Trials make you partners with Christ in His suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing His glory when it is revealed to all the world.”

Very recently I had a really bad day that made me feel like what I am doing with my life was suddenly and uncontrollably worthless. Have you ever had a day like that?

I found myself walking around my workplace during my lunch hour yelling at God for about 20 minutes. After all of this ranting and raving, I heard His voice, as if He were right there with me. He said to me, “Are you done yet?” Knowing how much of a fool I was for yelling at God, I sheepishly answered Him, “Kinda.”

Suddenly my attitude and demeanor towards God reminded me of how my 3-year old son acts when he doesn’t get his way. I soon realized that I was very much in the wrong for feeling the way I did.

The thing is that this is not the first time I have gone through trials like this one. In every one of those trials God has seen me through. That experience brought me to His feet, and I found myself humbled. On the other side of that humility, I found joy. It was there for me because He gives it out.

By the end of my lunch hour I had placed my issue at God’s feet, left it there, and walked away with a joy that did not make sense. You see, my situation had not changed, but because I had given my concerns up to Him, I could live in joy; I found Him through my struggle.

Christ suffered for our sins. We all suffer from sin. Whether that sin is from us or committed against us, we suffer because of sin. Thank the Lord that He is able and willing to forgive and help us through the situations in which we find ourselves.

As scripture says, we have the joy of seeing His glory when it is revealed to the world. I encourage you to seek out the joy in your situations because His glory will be revealed in it.

~Scott Beiermann

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