Peace is something we all long for, but it isn't something that just happens, we need to seek it in all of the right places. Please join me in the search.

Monday, February 21, 2005

Pure Joy

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4 NIV

These are scriptures that I used to avoid. But as I began growing and maturing in the Lord, I couldn���t ignore them. I wish that I could say that I have mastered them, but I can���t. It���s not easy to be joyful in the midst of pain, sickness, lack of any kind and in losses. Sometimes I cry and sometimes I get so discouraged that I don���t want to go on any longer. Sometimes I even feel angry.

I know deep in my heart that my Lord has my best interests in mind when He allows certain things in my life. When I really get down, I remind myself that my time here on earth is only a moment compared to eternity; that what I am going through right now is only temporary. I also remind myself that if I stand firm and strong in the Lord that I will spend eternity with Him. Throughout eternity, I will have no pain, no sickness, I will lack nothing and I will experience pure joy every moment, because I will finally be where my heart longs to be -- with Him, and I will dwell in His presence forever.

Father, please forgive me when I don't want to walk the road that is before me for a while. I know that You love me more than I can even begin to comprehend, and that if I will stand faithful to the end, I will see your face. Thank you, Lord, for that promise and the hope it brings me. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Copyright (c) Pam Wilson 2005