James 1:2-3 (NASB) Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.
I had to remove the bolt and not ruin the threads in the process. The bolt had to come off in order to change the part. The only problem was that the nut had rusted tight to the bolt. I tried everything but to no avail. I wasn't sure what I was going to do. I decided to keep soaking it with oil over the next few days. Today's verse speaks of finding joy when we encounter trials, knowing that the testing of our faith produces endurance. I can't really say I was having fun trying to remove the nut, but I can say that the entire situation tested my endurance. After a few days, I began to heat the nut and tried the extender bar on the ratchet. Finally, it broke free!!! Sometimes the trials we face will take time and patience to get through. However, if we don't give up, we will see it accomplished. There is that old saying, “No pain. No gain.” I wonder if we can find the joy through the trial? That is the sign of a mature man… knowing that if we endure, He will see us through. The next trial that comes along, try finding the joy knowing that we will get through it with His help!
Application:• Personal Application: Continue spending time with the Lord daily. Sow righteousness and reap the fruit of God's unfailing love.
TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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