Okay, this verse sounds a little crazy at first. How can troubles actually bring us joy? But according to James, Jesus’ brother, it’s true. How? Because God can use troubles to our advantage. This happens when our faith in God gets stronger as the result of staying close to Him throughout our tough situations. This is why troubles are actually opportunity for joy: We can view them as opportunities to grow closer to God. Today, ask God to show you how your difficult circumstances can draw you close to Him. Ask Him to help you find joy through whatever you’re facing as He strengthens your faith in Him.
God is close. Stop and think for a moment about what that really means for you and your life. No matter how tough your current circumstance or situation is, God is close to you during that difficulty. He is there to comfort you, help you, and work in your life. Take a few minutes to write down what it means to you—how it makes you feel and how it can help you—that God is close during your hardest experiences. When we begin to trust that God is close to us in our tough times, we might just begin to see those tough times as opportunities for Him to work in us and through us.
Everyone goes through tough times in life. And when we find ourselves in those moments, we all have a choice: either lean away from God in frustration or trust Him through it. As we look at how Jesus handled tough situations, we’ll learn how God can use even the toughest moments to grow us—if we let Him. #escstudents
Friends + Worship + Riley Sharing = Awesome Night of HSM #escstudents
We are so excited to get back to HSM tommrrow night! Tag a friend below who you think should come with you! #bestnightoftheweek?