Consider It Joy
by Randy Chambers, 2014-05-01
James 1:2-4, NIV: Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials
of many kinds, 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.
You may wonder how James could tell us to consider it joy to face suffering.
It is because we can take confidence in knowing that with each cleansing time we
face, we become a little stronger, a little more content and a little more ready
to face what life may dish out. God wants to prepare us for whatever extremes we
might face. When one day it seems that everything is going our way and the next
we face our worse day ever, God does not want us to shatter--but to remain in
tact. Consider this joy--God loves you and wants you to maintain peace of mind
in the storm, and contentment of heart in the midst of crisis, knowing that He
has your best interest at heart.