through the joyful expression of God's qualities

This was the advice of an early follower of Christ Jesus to his fellow Christians who were scattered and suffering persecution: "My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing." James 1:2–4;

Most of us can recall times when we have been faced with difficulties of one sort or another—perhaps of money, health, companionship, ideas, peace, or opportunity. No matter what form it took, the difficulty probably appeared to be serious and certainly not an occasion for joy. Why should we—and how could we—be happy in the face of adversity?

Homework-Alone with God
December 8, 1973

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