When you put together seemingly contradictory ideas, we call this a paradox or an oxymoron.
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It's frustrating trying to reconcile two seemingly contradictory ideas. Like when a guy gives girl mixed signals. She thinks "he seemed to like me on our date, but why didn't he ever call me." Or when husbands trying to figure out what their wives mean. For instance, if she says "I'm okay." It really means "I'm not okay."
This morning we come to one of those paradoxical statements in the Bible. How do you put together Joy and Trials?
Look at verse 6. "Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:"
How does that work? How can we "greatly rejoice" while at the same time being "in heaviness through manifold temptations?"
Those two concepts (joy and trial) just don't seem to go together.
There are actually two words for trials in our text. The first word is "temptations" at the end of verse 6. It can mean a trial or temptation used to test someone.
And that could be positive or negative. For some kids a test in school is a good thing-they get to show how much they know. For others, it's not a good thing, they have to how much they don't know. But the same is true of the tests, trials, of life.
You see God doesn't tempt us. James 1 says "God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth He any man." But God does allow us to go through trials and temptations-as a test of our faith.
This morning we want to respond with joy to those trials. "Greatly rejoice." And we are going to see six reasons can have joy in trials