The Lord reminds the people that even during the trials they faced, He never left them. There were hard times, times of challenge and stress, times of hurt and tears, but God never left them. No matter how dark it may have looked, God was still by their side.
Sometimes during our trials we can think that God has left. We are alone. There is no one to help. But, God is there. He is our help in times of trouble. He will never leave nor forsake us. No matter what. Even in the tough times.
New Testament Lesson
James says today that when we do face those trials instead of being upset or mad or sad, we should count it all joy. We should rejoice when we face troubles. Why? Who wants to be happy in times of trouble? Who wants to rejoice in times of trial?
James says that we should because these things will make us stronger. They will increase of faith and strength. And so, while these trials are not "good" God can and will bring something good out of them. That's the power of God. He can bring something good out of anything.
What does it profit us to gain the entire world, but lose our soul? In this world that pulls at us and pries at us and tries to tear us down or build us up. This world that tries to trick us into thinking what really matters are the things that are trivial; let us never fall for it. Let us never make that mistake. We can gain the whole world, but at what cost? Let us remember the things that truly matter. Let us remember what truly counts.