From David's Desk:
James 1:2 is hard to appreciate. “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds...” Hard to appreciate but it is the obstacles that we face each day that help us develop those qualities we need to fulfill God's will for our lives. And if the truth be known, it can't happen any other way. Read 2 Corinthians 1 and you will see that Paul outlines the benefits of going through those difficult times. As hard as it is to believe they really do benefit us. Notice 3 with me:

(1) “So that we may be able to comfort those who are in affliction.” (2 Corinthians 1:4) When people know that you “have been there, done that,” they are more willing to listen. Otherwise, they will probably just turn away and tune you out. Paul is saying that built into every problem that we face are answers that someone else needs. When you can say, “I have been there,” people will respect what you say. Experience is one of your greatest assets and God will use it.

(2) “That we might not trust in ourselves.” (2 Corinthians 1:9) Anything that causes us to turn to God and lean on Him a little harder is an asset and not a liability. It is when we lose a job, lose a loved one, lose our health or our peace of mind that we turn to God and discover what He can do.

(3) “That thanks may be given.” (2 Corinthians 1:11) Can you remember what your life was like? So come on, lift up your voice, sing a little “Victory in Jesus” and praise Him for what He has done for you.

Have a blessed day!
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