November 2, 2023

Joyfully Trust Jesus

Daily Devotional2 Minutes

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”—James 1:2–3 NIV

What brings us joy? Naturally, we think of pleasant experiences and happy moments. Certainly, God wants us to have joy in these situations, but He also wants us to experience a different kind of joy.

This happens when we face challenging situations and problems. These are situations in which it can seem natural to be filled with fear or worry.

But the Bible urges us to have a different attitude, to be expectant, and to know God is with us, no matter how hopeless we might feel. When we face various trials, God wants us to renew our faith in Him and be confident that He will look after us. Through these situations, He will teach us, strengthen us, and help us mature.

Are you facing trials? Are you burdened with problems that seem to have no solutions? Are you going through circumstances that seem overwhelming? Do not give in to doubt or worry. Instead, renew your relationship with Jesus. Turn to Him.

Remember all He has done for you and the promises in His Word. Declare these promises to be true in your life. Recall all the ways He has blessed and delivered you in the past.

Place your trust in Him. Instead of complaining, praise and worship Him. Start confessing His promises. Let Him take your burdens away. Be confident that He has not forgotten you. He will use the trials you face to produce priceless rewards.

Reflection Question: Write a prayer of praise for who God is and what He’s done for you.

Prayer
Father, I commit these trials to You: _______________. Thank You that I can be joyful and confident You will take care of me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
James 1

Prayer
Father, I commit these trials to You: _______________. Thank You that I can be joyful and confident You will take care of me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
James 1