Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. (Romans 5:1-5 KJV)
How many of us would have to face our daily tribulation every day? How many of us may decide to give ourselves up when our tribulations are too rough? It’s not easy to go through our day without the situations. If we think we can go though our situations without faiths, we’d let ourselves down.
The definition of faith can be found in Hebrews 11:1-3: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” We can face our daily trials if we have faith in God—which it produces to patience, patience to experience, and experience to hope. This hope will bring joy in our lives. We cannot experience God-given joy until we experience to go through tribulations.
I understand many hardships that you would need to go through to get the joy of the Lord. Being a disabled man, it doesn’t mean that I cannot have the joy in my life. Some people would think being a disabled person means that he/she has curse from God or has demonic possession. That’s 100 percent false. Of course, some demonic activities may turn the person as not normal person, but into scary person. However, God can use a disabled man in powerful way that we cannot imagine. He would only need to do is to believe in God and trust in Him.
Jesus faced the devil when He was in the wilderness for forty days (Matthew 4; Luke 4), because He had faith and put trust in His Father. Was Jesus rejoiced after spending in the desert without the food and drink for forty days? I believe so that Jesus was relief and rejoiced over the angel’s protection with His Heavenly Father.
Whether we have disabilities either by physically, spiritually, emotionally, or mentally, we can have joy in our lives with God through Jesus Christ. This is why Jesus died on the cross and resurrected on the third day. We can receive joy through the blood of Jesus Christ.
God wants to test us, so we can face the giants to overcome into the joy of the Lord.