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None of us, if we are honest, can actually say that we are always joyful in trouble. Trouble has a way of depleting us and leaving us with heavy hearts. We cannot escape trouble. It comes when we least expect it. If we had our way, trouble would be something we would not choose to deal with. In reality, at one time or another we all will face trouble. Nevertheless, there is God’s power that will help us in the time of trouble. Today’s devotion sheds light on how to experience joy in trouble and is found in James 1:2.

“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.”

As James begins this chapter, he calls himself a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ. He calls on his fellow believers to take advantage of the opportunity to count trouble as joy when it comes. James writes when difficult trials come, the people can rest on God’s promises. He gives them the true secret of happiness because ultimately their trials will produce their faith. Their hardships will ultimately develop their steadfastness and they will discover the perfect will of God. In effect, those trials and troubles will strengthen them, and they will experience the joy of the Lord. One cannot grasp this in the flesh. However, God’s peace will be revealed to the one who has a deeper relationship with Him and His Spirit. At the end of their tribulation, they will rejoice in what the Lord has done. If you never had a burden, you would not know what the Lord could do. Through it all, you learn to praise Him. Thank God for the troubles that have come our way, for they have made us stronger.