Smiles in Trials

Attila Juhas

"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose."  Romans 8:28

When I come from home at night, joy fills my heart at the smiles stretched across our 7 and 9 year old daughters faces.  I love to hear them giggle, sing, or share about their day with such excitement.  It nearly forces 100 words per minute to tumble from their hearts and out of their mouths.

The girls often start their day by singing a song based on Psalm 118:24, "This is the day the Lord has made.  I will rejoice and be glad in it."  They sing it over and over.  Their day starts with joy from the Lord and ends with it as I tuck them in at night after spending time in God's Word.  Does that mean everything in between is perfect?

Life for a 7 and 9 year old may be simple compared to the whirlwind of demands and trials an adult faces, but, in the eyes of a child, being made fun of by another child or losing a favorite toy rates right up there with some of the trials we face as adults.  It says, "My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience."

God knows that every second of every day won't make us want to smile.  We may not always want to break out into song over our circumstances; however, God's Word still tells us to "consider it pure joy," when we face trials.  Difficult times will challenge us in order to produce patience and character that we wouldn't have without them.

Patience and character development are gifts from God in the midst of a trial.  Those are a couple of reasons that we can keep smiling and singing, "This is the day that the Lord has made.  I will rejoice and be glad in it."  But there's more.

Another reason we can smile through a trial is found in Psalm 8:4.  It says, "What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit hiim?"  This verse reminds us of God's deep love and concern for us.

I imagine, since God's love for His children is far deeper than the love I have for my daughters, He must love to see us smile, to hear us sing, and to watch us endure trials with His joy bubbling inside of us in spite of our circumstances.

Next time I start to complain, focus on the negative aspects of my day, or wallow in the depths of a trial, I want to stop, consider the multitude of blessings in my life fueled by God's love and be caught singing, "This is the day the Lord has made.  I will rejoice and be glad in it."

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