Facing trials can cause us joy, though its hard to imagine. But God calls us to joy when unbelievers persecute us because of our faith or when our situation is merely difficult. It is a joy to him that we have stood firm in faith, and he calls us to share his delight. That doesn’t mean we seek out trials but that we face the situation hand in hand with God. In trials, our spiritual strength increases.
The trouble you face here on earth will seem small in heaven. No pain from this life will impede you there. Blessing for faithful service to God will replace each heritage that discourages you today. When trials and troubles beset you, cook ahead to heaven. Jesus promises you an eternal reward if you keep your eyes on him.
Trials have a purpose in our lives. As a smith heats up Gold to purify it, God heats up our lives to make spiritual impurities rise to the surface. If we cooperate with him, sin is skimmed off our lives, purifying our faith. Cleansed lives bring glory to God and joy to us. If a trial lies before you today, envision the joy ahead.
Despite his deep troubles, as Jeremiah sorrowed over Judah’s exile, hope remained in his heart. Though he and his nation faced terrible trials, the prophet understood that God would still uphold them. God’s compassion never fails his hurting people. No matter how we struggle, we share the prophet’s hope. God alone comforts our hearts as we stumble along a rocky trail.
As God’s child, you have his ear 24/7, if only you will pray. Every need, trouble, or praise is his concern and not only will he hear about your trials, but he will deliver you from them. If you feel discouraged by your troubles, you need not stay that way. Just spend time with Jesus. His help is on the way.
You are wise. The Bible says so. You don’t need a lot of education or a certain IQ. Real wisdom is found in God. Simply obey your Lord’s commandments and make knowing him well your first priority. Seek after wisdom, and you will find it in him. As you daily search for truth in the word, your understanding grows.
To this world, God’s wisdom doesn’t look very wise. Anyone who denies Jesus is blind to the depth of insight God showed in sending his son to die for us and then raising him from the dead. But those who accept his sacrifice understand that God’s ways are greater than ours and his astuteness far outweighs our own. As his wisdom fills our once-foolish lives, we gains a new perspective on his perception.
Wisdom without humility isn’t wisdom at all. When we feel astute under our own power, we are actually in big trouble and are heading into foolishness. The truly wise person recognizes that all wisdom comes from God, not frail humans. As we tap into his mind and connect with his astuteness, we are wise indeed. No one is wiser than God.
The virtuous woman’s mouth speaks kindly wisdom. Hers is no sharp tongue that destroys relationships. As we seek to do God’s will, truthful yet caring speech must be ours. Wise words heal hurting hearts. If we have trouble knowing what words bring God’s healing, we need only to ask him to let his Spirit bring wisdom and kindness to our tongues. When we speak as his Spirit directs, we are wise indeed.
Listening to others who are wise brings us wisdom, too. Before we make serious choices, we need to seek the counsel of others. We recognize the wise ones as those who have experience and faith ad who have made decisions that blessed their lives can pass their wisdom on to us, too. There must be wise persons whom we can consult.