Suffering With Christ “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters whenever you face trials of meant kinds.” - James 1:2 Suffering is a part of life on this earth, all of us will face challenges and trials, we each will suffer with our own burdens. No matter who we are. So when God tells us to take joy in trials and in suffering, he’s speaking to all of us. So why would God tell us to have “pure joy” for times in life that seem to rob us of just that. It is in these tiles that we grow, in ourselves and our walk with God, it is though trial and changed that we are required to press deeper in to our father and as a result mature in our faith and come out stronger and more steadfast in our relationship with him. we should take joy in the trial because we have faith and we know that this trial will be used to bring us closer to god and to further his kingdom. “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” - Romans 5:3-5 Just because the bible said it and our God asked it dose not make this an easy task. To take Joy in suffering and to glory in it is a choice we make to obey God and to do what he tells us. When he instructs us it is always to prosper us and to guide us into a place of blessing and Hope. In a time of suffering you can make the choice to press peeper into him, he will use everything you have and everything you endure to shape you into who he wants you to be. Our god dose not want suffering for us he loves us m ore then we can ever even comprehend. He suffers with us, one of the powerful verse in the bible for me it’s one of the shortest verses in the bible, but shows the hart of our father, John 11:35 “Jesus wept” this happens when right before Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead. This verse strikes me because Jesus knew he was going to raise Lazarus, and that everything would be good. But he still wept because of the suffering and pain of the people that where morning. He is a God of such incredible love. He walks alongside us in our surfing, but with the promise that from it will come good things if we turn to him in these times and take hope and joy from the trials that we will face in life, no mater how big or small.