Each week we share some words of reflection in the form of a devotional. This week we would like to share a devotional written by Telethia Hurley.

The Word:
“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”  James 1:2-5 (NASB)

The Story:
Sitting in the hospital waiting for my mother after she suffered cardiac arrest is a trial, to say the least. Helpless and anxious describes what I felt as I stood by watching as the medical staff administered care, trying to address one issue after another. I found myself focusing on two things. One is that God will never put on me more than I can bare.  Second, I started to dwell on James 1:2-5. To the first point, it reminded me that  God will never give me more than I can bare without Him.  Absent of Him, I attempt to do things on my own and usually find little success or become frustrated along the way. In Him, all things are possible.  I can recall reading this scripture over and over and reciting it proudly but never really knowing what it meant to consider, or count, it all joy. It boils down to trusting God and His will for our lives. I’ve had to seek God along the way and ask for wisdom at every turn. I’m grateful that I have not given up on Him or Him on me. With God, I am not hopeless.

The Reflection:
Are we finding joy in every situation we face? What is keeping us from giving thanks in our trials? How can we find joy in suffering and pain?

The Application:
The joy comes in endurance and staying strong in our faith. This week, each time we face a difficulty, let’s stop, and praise the Lord in that moment; knowing the Lord is perfecting His will in us no matter the circumstance.

The Prayer:
I pray that as we face whatever trials come our way, that we consider it joy, knowing that despite the trial, God’s will is complete and His plan for us is perfect. Though we may not fully understand it, like it, or want to be in it, stay strong. God is in control. Amen.