Why I Can Rejoice While In Hard Times

My least favorite promise in the Bible is "In this world you will have trouble." (John 16:33) At times, I find it a real struggle to count it all joy when I fall into trials of various kinds. (James 1:2) While I may not be thankful for my trials, I am very thankful that my trials all have an expiration date. 

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With each trial I can rejoice, counting it all joy, that "This too shall pass." I just love that every trial we face has a definite end point! (Psalm 34:19) For those of us who accept Christ as our personal Lord and Savior,  it is so comforting to know that the trials we face over the course of our lifetime is the worst we will ever know.

Think about that for a minute. All the pain, sorrow, disappointment, and frustration we experience in this life is the absolute worst we’ll ever know. None of the trials we experience will carry over into eternity. I love that!

Consider this question posed by Joel Rosenburg, “What problem are you facing today that the rapture won't solve?”

Next time we find ourselves in a trial, here are some things we can do to count it all joy:

1. Look for the blessings within in our trial. God does not withhold good from us, so if He has allowed us to go through a trial we can be sure there is always some measure of good, waiting to be found, within each one of our trials. Writing down these blessings in a Joy Journal would be a great way to keep our eyes on the blessings within our trial, so we don't get discouraged, and a comfort to read back on in future trials. Whenever I am struggling to see the good within a trial I ask myself "What does this allow?" and it has made all the difference in the world.

2. Look to God’s Word for wisdom, comfort, and guidance. Anything we need, the Bible has inside for us. If we will seek God's Word, God will certainly be faithful to show us in His Word just what we need.

3. Look to the Lord for deliverance--fully confident that God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us. (Philippians 4:19)  
 
As we are faithful to put our full confidence in the Lord, regardless of our circumstances, we can expect to be blessed. Just look at what awaits anyone who puts their complete confidence in the Lord:
He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit." (Jeremiah 17:8)
This tree still experiences heat, but it is not phased by it. “Its leaves are always green.” (Jer. 17:8) It experiences a time of drought, but because it is so plugged into the water, it is at complete peace in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” (Jer. 17:8) Our life too can reflect this beauty, peace and stability even in the midst of trials as long as we are faithful to consistently drink from God’s Word, the Living Water, and make the Lord our confidence-- trusting Him fully with whatever circumstances come our way. 

If you would like to experience more joy and peace in your trials, I highly recommend Finding God's Path Through Your Trials: His Help for Every Difficulty You Face. Elizabeth George (my favorite author!) does a fantastic job laying out what it means to count it all joy and how we can experience more joy and peace in our life while in the midst of trials. 


Now may the God of comfort give you all you need this week so that whatever times of heat and drought you might find yourself in, you will be at complete peace, fully confident that God will meet all your needs. (Psalm 23:1; Philippians 4:19) God bless you richly!

Question for you: What do you do to count  it all joy when you fall into various trials?
 



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20 comments:

  1. I agree, that's a promise no one wants to "claim"! But thank you for giving such biblical and practical opportunities for "counting it all joy" when those trials do come. As you mentioned, I find great strength to go back through my journals and celebrate God's faithfulness. It builds my faith to move with Him through the current challenge, and I love praising Him and remembering how He brought me through the others! I also often "Brag on God" by writing a blog post recounting the creative ways He shows up. Then His encouragement is shared with others. God bless you BIG, Brooke!

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    1. Thanks, Kim! So glad this blessed you! That is awesome to hear the impact of your journaling and how God is using it mightily in your life. Thanks for sharing! That's wonderful, too that you don't keep these praise reports limited to your journal, but also blog about them to encourage others, give them hope, and "brag on God." Love it! God bless you richly, Kim!

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  2. Brooke, you read my mind. Trials come. We live in them. We need to embrace them rather than run from them. When I was younger and lived by the ocean, may favourite days were the stormy ones. I loved to walk in the wind. To see the waves crashing. To feel all my senses alive at once. God has been revealing to me that I need to see this in the trials I face. They may be frightening and overwhelming, but they are exhilarating and cleansing.

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! I agree, God brings forth many blessings out of our trials that we otherwise would have never experienced. God bless you much!

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  3. I love that in our troubles we often are making a way for others. Later on we can love better, share better, pray better! Thank you so much for this. Most of all, our troubles make us run to the One who is our all in all! Barbara

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    1. Thanks, Barbara! So glad this blessed you! I love those great benefits of trials, too. Trials can make us better or bitter. It's all a matter of how we respond. God bless you abundantly!

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  4. One thing I have found is that through trials, as I seek God, my relationship with Him deepens. I may not like a certain circumstance that I am going through, but I can count on God to be with me every step of the way!

    Blessings, Joan

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    1. Well said, Joan! II love how you put it, "I may not like a certain circumstance that I am going through, but I can count on God to be with me every step of the way!" Beautiful! Thank God for His ever-presence! God bless you richly!

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  5. I noticed that through the trials I have faced, (loss of a child, chronic illness.) even though I haven't liked them, have brought me closer to God. Visiting from the blog hop.

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    1. Beautifully said, Tanya! I just love that our trials are never in vain. They are never for nothing. God uses each one mightily for our benefit (Romans 8:28; Jer. 29:11) and to draw us into a deeper intimacy with God than we ever thought possible. God bless you mightily!

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  6. This is a beautiful post!! I really was encouraged reading it. I linked up near you at Heavenly Homemakers today.

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    1. Thanks, Judith, for your encouraging words! So glad this blessed you! God bless you richly!

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  7. Such true words Brooke. It is sooooo hard to Rejoice when you face trials. I feel like I face trial after trial. Thank you for reminding me of these truths. Today I will be Joyful.

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    1. Thanks! What a great attitude you have, "Today I will be Joyful." I've found choosing joy makes my trials feel like less of a trial. God bless you lots!

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  8. I, too, love that our trials have expiration dates!! Whew!! I can't count it all joy when I'm facing a trial if I solely focus on the trial itself. I have to keep my eyes on Jesus, the magnitude of an incredible God, the power of God in my life, the redeeming God can do, the transformations God is capable of, the fact that God is with me. The second I take my focus from Him and put it on myself, the joy dissipates. Great post, Brooke!! Thanks for linking up with Into the Word!! Have a great rest of the week, dear!

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    1. Wise words, Falen! "I can't count it all joy when I'm facing a trial if I solely focus on the trial itself." Great observation! God bless you richly!

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  9. Brooke...trials are definitely a part of life but its Who we run to that makes all the difference. Finding joy amid a suffering is only feasible by turning our eyes upon Jesus, as the hymn goes. Thank you for a great post and the encouragement. Glad you linked up at WJIM.

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    1. Thanks, Naomi! I totally agree, "trials are definitely a part of life but its Who we run to that makes all the difference." And what a difference He makes! Apart from Jesus, having joy in the midst of trials would be impossible. God bless you much!

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  10. Love your post - a wonderful reminder for me. Thanks for linking up at Family Fun Friday at Happy and Blessed Home!
    http://happyandblessedhome.com/category/family-fun/

    In His Grip,
    Monica
    http://happyandblessedhome.com

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    1. Thanks, Monica! Glad this blessed you! God bless you lots!

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Thank you for taking the time to share. May God bless you richly!