How Can We Be Joyful In Times of Trouble?

How Can We Be Joyful In Times of Trouble?

If I chose my circumstances at the beginning of my life, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t include any hardships. 

I doubt Job, Joseph, or David would have chosen their hardships either.

We would plan all “good” things for ourselves. 

Of course, only God really knows what is good for us, and every hardship He allows is faith-building (James 1:16-17; Romans 8:28).

He loves us too much to make everything easy for us. He wants children with adult faith, not spoiled babies (1 Peter 2:2; Hebrews 5:13-14).

We should be joyful when we go through trials (James 1:2-4), not because we enjoy the trials but because we know they’re helping us develop perseverance so our faith can become mature.

Are you going through trouble? Keep seeking God’s purposes and depend on His power to get you through.

And remember this:
“God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12

I also encourage you to check out these 1-minute devotions with similar subjects:
4 Characteristics of Spoiled Christians
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Acts of God

This 1-minute devotion explains why God asks us to be joyful in times of trouble.

How Can We Be Joyful In Times of Trouble?


  1. Thank you! I needed that today!

  2. Hi Gil, thank you for your devotions, I have received them several years ago, they have been a blessing for me, plus my friends that I share. They have asked me in Spanish, it will be possible if you translate them, it would be a blessing! With love, Esther

    1. Hi Esther,
      Thanks so much for your kind encouragement.
      I am working on having a Spanish translation of Bible Love Notes.
      Please pray that it will come about soon.
      God bless you.

  3. Thank you I really appreciate it and I really needed it today

  4. This is very encouraging, as I am going through a trial. Thank you

  5. I use to ask why, why me. Now I said, thank you God for strengthening me and knowing you will never forsake me and I will be stronger and courageous because of You. Amen!!!