God has promised to bless you when you patiently endure this season. Walk through your difficulty, putting one foot in front of the other a day at a time.
Prayer is the pathway to receiving wisdom from God, who is ready to give it to anyone who asks. Why does he want us to ask? Perhaps he loves having the conversation.
Joy does not come from our feelings about our suffering. Rather joy comes from what we believe about who our God is. Joy comes from a decision to believe that God is good, and does good, and that He loves me. Joy comes when I believe that God is in the business of turning opposition into opportunities. Joy comes when my desire to feel comfortable is replaced with a desire to know Jesus more, even if that intimacy is the result of suffering.
Before the resurrection, James was a skeptic. After Jesus’ resurrection, James was all-in. A believer. A leader. An apostle willing to do anything to serve the Master, Jesus Christ! Jesus had become everything to James. Have you realized it yet? That Jesus is everything?