Consider it pure joy

February 8th, 2008

James 1:2 says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds.”

Was James joking when he said that? Surely he couldn’t expect us to be happy and joyful when all types of troubles and strife comes our way? James 1:3-4 gives us a clue to what he meant. It says, “because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything”.

James is not telling us to be really excited and ecstatic during hard times, but to be thankful that we have a chance to grow in our faith and reliance in God through it. When we are going through hard times we have an opportunity to look to God and ask Him for help. As we do, we grow closer to Him and our faith in Him grows too.

As I look back over my life I can see there have been some very hard trials that have helped me grow, learn and look to God in faith. I wouldn’t want to go through them again, but I can say they have grown me, my faith and my character. For that I am thankful and even a bit joyful!