Unspeakable joy…

1Peter 1:8-9 (NLT)
You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. The reward for your trusting him will be the salvation of your souls.

This verse struck me today. It amazes me…even though I have never seen Him as a person, I have still seen Him in people, in situations, in creation, and in action and YES I love Him and trust Him and YES it gives me GREAT joy.

Trials and tribulation…

JAMES 1:2-4
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. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

This is a tough one. I was taught early, praying for patience brought trials and tribulation. Who really wants to go through those tough times? However, once you get to the other side and see how God has brought you through, it does something inside of you. For me it grows my faith and makes me stronger. Not only that, it reminds how big God is and how faithful He is even when we aren’t.