Today’s Scripture: Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy. James 5:11
A lie many Christians believe is that to be happy you must be comfortable. If you step out of your comfort zone, then you lose your security and can’t have joy. This causes a whirlwind-like cycle where Christians are constantly trying to become happy, but they are never truly happy because they won’t step out of their comfort zone and do anything with purpose.
The point of serving God with an eternal perspective is not to become happy. However, the joy of those who are serving God is so evident that you can’t help but count them as happy. The “key to happiness” will never be found in the pursuit of it. Just read Ecclesiastes, and you will see if anyone was going to find happiness, it would have been Solomon. He had the comfort, the resources, the connections, and the head knowledge. However, He found that everything the world had to offer couldn’t bring happiness.
I am sure that if you pursue happiness, you will find the same results as Solomon. Don’t waste your time doing what Solomon already did! Read God’s Word! In James 5:11, we see that we count people happy that have endured.
In order for you to endure anything, you have to make it through problems. Simply put, you must have problems in order to endure. This means people we count as happy don’t live a fairy-tale life where they are always comfortable. Some chose to leave their comfort zone, and others had problems come to them, like Job.
Regardless, they must endure the hardships. You can only endure your trials by relying on God to help you through them. His grace and mercy are the only things that will help you persist through you’re the storms of life. Fortunately, God’s grace is unbounded, and His mercy endures forever. He will always provide you with the resources to endure.
Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.