Is Anyone in Trouble? – Part 5
“… Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.” (James 5:13b NIV)
Thank God that life is not all composed of trouble. More than any earthly father, our heavenly Father loves to bless his children. In fact, James also tells us in his New Testament letter that every good gift in our lives is from above (James 1:17).
Jesus prepared his early disciples and us today for this life, when he said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). And now we are more than conquerors through him who loved us (Romans 8:37) and gave himself for us, that we might be set free from the debt of our sin and have eternal life and restored relationship with our heavenly Father. Moreover, as believers, we have been sealed with Holy Spirit—that is, the Spirit of Christ—who lives in us and helps us to live lives worthy of our calling, even when trouble comes our way.
In a world that seems to be spinning out of control, we also have the promise of Jesus for every believer: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27). God gives us peace that passes all understanding as we bring our troubles to him with thanksgiving in our hearts for who he is and all he has done for us (see Philippians 4:6-7). Jesus also blesses us with the joy of our salvation that, unlike happiness, is not dependent on circumstances in our lives. And it is the joy of the Lord that is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10), even in the midst of trial and affliction.
We have so much to be thankful for! No wonder James in his New Testament letter asks, not only, “Is anyone is trouble?” but also, “Is anyone happy?” If so, “Let them sing songs of praise.” Let’s do so today!
Read James 5:13-18.