“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
Everywhere you go there is trouble. Everywhere you go there is strife. Everywhere you go there is something that worries you are the words of a song written by Walter Hawkins that we all can relate to. These are times that try our very hearts which can caused us to have wavering faith and a despondent relationship with God.
The trials that we faced can either make us or break us in our relationship with God. We can become angry or disappointed with God that we don’t take that time to read his word, fast and pray or worship him like we use to. When the pressure is on us we will respond in hostility and opposition not only with God but also to other people.
The Apostle James has a remedy for this situation and that is TO COUNT IT ALL JOY!
Trials are a tool that can make us. 1 Peter 4:12 tells us to think it not strange concerning fiery trials which is to try you as though some strange thing happened to you. The trying of our faith helps strengthen our faith in God. It also brings out patience, when we allow it to have its complete work in us, we mature in our faith.
We are to count it as joy because we are not suffering because its the thing to do, but we are suffering so that God can get the glory out of our lives. We can go through the fire and come out as pure gold.