James 2:1&2. “Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors.”

The smell was amazing! Seven minutes ago Hillary had put onions, garlic, ginger, aniseed, salt and a very fishy fish into the pressure cooker and placed it on the fire. Now the whistling pot was letting her know by sound and smell that all the pressurized steam had worked wonders and she was about to enjoy a delicious meal. Yum!

Pressure cookers work by using high temperatures to cook often difficult foods in a sealed box. Forcing the pot open to see what is happening inside destroys the process and the food. You have to trust that the outcome will be beautiful. Becoming a Christian is a lot like that. To be like Christ we go through sorrow, suffering, pain and persecution much like He did. Cutting the process short like Judas produces an unfavorable result. Toughing it out like Peter gives abundant joy.
It usually isn’t our go to response when something bad or difficult happens to us, but the Bible asks us to count these things all as joy in the knowledge that perseverance makes our lives well developed, fragrant and beautiful.

Think About This
Ready to quit or ready to ask God to help you hold on and to show you the joy?


Dear Lord, please don’t let me pop the lid early. Grant me patience so I may count it all joy.


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