Stressed > Blessed
Life keeps on catching us by surprise. Basically how the weather has been the past couple days. Warm one day and cold the next. Snow seems to keep reappearing then suddenly disappearing. The day might begin with those many concerns that roam around in our mind. They seem to stress us out, and cause our anxiety to go haywire. We stress out in every situation we go through and it causes us to lose sleep. And when we think things can't get any worse we find out some very upsetting news that tears us apart. We start to stumble and turn away from God. We can't comprehend why God is letting all this happen. Why has He allowed us to go through all these troublesome times? Why does He seems so unconcerned with our desires? We often start to forget how much He cares for us. But somehow we seem to just keep putting one foot in front of the other.
It seems so impossible to stay content with all our mishaps, especially with the frustration, pain, fear, and unknown future. I mean how on earth can we “consider it all joy” when we are going through various trials like James 1:2-4 suggests? (“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”)
There is, however, a simple answer to all our hardships. A great sense of security, who laid on a cross, dying and fundamentally being the ultimate sacrifice. The truth is that this world is full of sorrow, pain, and loss but the promise God has given us, that leads us to eternal life is so refreshing. His promise helps us realize that there is something very rewarding waiting for us. And for that reason, choose to “Consider it joy.” Rejoice in spite of all those trials you are going through. Choose to be blessed not stressed.