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Joy in Trial

How do you react when faced with various trials?

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds.” (James 1:2) The trials James addressed were the consequences of serving God without compromise. Most of the financial challenges we face today are the result of violating Biblical principles. Either we don’t know what the Bible says about money, we choose to ignore it, or we’re the unfortunate victim of someone else’s poor stewardship. According to a Fidelity study, more than two-thirds of Americans had financial setbacks in 2020 as a result of the pandemic. Job loss, decreased income and a drawdown of emergency savings were experienced by many. Of the adults surveyed, a significant number said they’ll spend this year in survival mode. People are concerned about the continued impact of Covid-19 on our economy, unexpected expenses and the rising cost of food and other essentials. 

Scripture warns against the empty pursuit of “happiness” in the form of material possessions, worldly success, and pointless gains. Things of this world can bring temporary happiness, but only God can bring lasting joy. Lordship, Stewardship, and Generosity are the keys to getting your eyes off of yourself and back onto Him. Whatever trial you’re facing, remember that God is bigger. Try to see your situation through God’s eyes and rest in His steadfast love. You’ll find joy when you praise and thank Him for everything. Even the trials and sorrow have a purpose. 

In my new book, Seven Gray Swans, I describe potentially significant events that could happen. A gray swan is an obvious danger that we tend to ignore. My goal is to show you how to prepare for and survive these economic threats. You can find it online at