Book of James: James 1:2-4
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials. Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience, but let patience have it’s perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.“
It blows my mind when I really think of the reality that we are called to take JOY in our trials. It’s amazing considering when we hear the word “trial”, we associate it with pain, hurt, struggle, a battle, etc!
But we are to take joy in this why?
Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.
It produces patience…
Definition of patience: an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay.
We are to take joy in trials, because through these trials the Lord is working in us and through us to produce patience — the ability and WILLINGNESS to surpass restlessness or annoyance. He is helping us in our personal will to overcome struggle. It’s strengthening our spirits to persevere. It’s building and armoring us, because the more patience we have, the better we are in understanding and really grasping the situation. Therefore, we no longer react to the trials and without thinking, we actually respond to the trials because we have enough patience to think things through. We now have the ability to make a sober, clear-minded decision rather than just flying off the handle and reacting out of emotion. How much better are things when we don’t react out of emotion, but instead discerningly respond in concise, well-planned thought!
These trials are learning curves on the paths we choose in our lives, and when these hard times come and these trials are staring us in the face, take joy in knowing that there is good here. There is fruit and a positive side to our trials. And although it sounds bittersweet, take joy in knowing that you are about to be strengthened through the pain, hurt, or struggle.
Let patience have it’s perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
What are your thoughts on this scripture?
I’m hit with trials often in my life, and to be honest, I can’t recall consciously taking joy in those moments. But maybe if I did, it might of turned out differently. Thoughts?