It would be somewhat of an understatement to say that 2020 won’t go down in the history books as the greatest of years. Yet, the bible teaches us that the trials in our life make us stronger. James 1:2 tells us to, “Consider it all joy, my brothers and sisters, when you encounter various trials.” Why should we consider trials a joy? James 1:3-4 tells us why, “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.” By no means are trials a joy, but God can, and He will cause great good to come from those trials to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. (Romans, 8:28). Therefore, by faith, we consider them a joy.
The first verse of this beautiful hymn Whispering Hope says,
Wait ’til the darkness is over
Wait ’til the tempest is done
Hope for the sunshine tomorrow
After the darkness is gone.
It reminds us that the dark days are only temporary. As Christians, even when all hope is lost in this world, we have hope in Jesus and hope in everlasting life in our eternal home in heaven Jesus has for us. (John 14:1-6).
Focusing on the world and the things of the world can and will overwhelm us. In times like we are facing today, they can and will rob us of our joy. It will cause us to lose focus and get off track in our walk with Jesus. That is why the bible tells us to keep our eyes focused on the things above and not on the things below. (Colossians 3:1-2).
How do we do that? For starters, spend daily time in the Word of God. Secondly, but just as important, spend daily time in prayer. Lastly, and equally important, if you are not already, get involved in a bible believing and bible teaching church. Forsaking any of these will cause you to lose your focus. Just as we didn’t know what 2020 had instore when we celebrated the New Year last year, we don’t know what 2021 has instore either. But, praise be to God, if we keep focused on Jesus, we will walk in the light, for He is light, regardless of how dark the days are around us.