“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds…”
This is the wording James uses, through the direction of the Holy Spirit, to describe how we should see trials.
“What? Pure joy?”
This is the what our human thinking says.
“How can a trial be considered pure joy?”
Yet this is what this verse says. But it doesn’t end there.
Let’s check out what the next few chapters say.
“Because you know that the testing of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have it have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” James 1:3-4
I like this. The thought of being perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
As much as we may not like it, maturity only comes through testing. Faith is made pure only when fiery trials burn away the dross, the impure things, from our lives.
Sometimes God allows us to go through trials because trials reveal to us what we really believe and help develop in us (If we obey the Word of God) the character of Jesus Christ. These trials test us, and put us in situations’ where we have no choice but to trust Him.
When we go through a trial, it can be very hard and painful and we may find ourselves saying, “Why is this happening to me? I don’t get this?”
I remember when I had my twins over 21 years ago. (Yikes, I’m getting old! LOL!) I had several complications in my pregnancy and the girls were delivered at 26 1/2 weeks old. I was 20 years old at the time.
It was SCARY.
It was a trial learning to trust God with my girls lives who were born at 1 lb 10 oz and 2 lb 2 oz.
We heard so many negative reports from the doctors. “They’ll never hear. They’ll never see. They’ll have complications all their lives.”
This was hard stuff to hear. But Erik and I had a choice, we could choose to trust our Heavenly Father or worry and fret through this trail.
We chose to trust.
It wasn’t easy. We had times of doubt where we had to speak the Word out loud and remind ourselves of the faithfulness of God. But we made it through this trial with our faith not only intact but seeing our faith grow!
“I love this cartoon picture I inserted above because it’s a GREAT picture of what happens through our trials. As we “feel like” we are getting hit at every turn, as we trust in Christ, we are being driven deeper into Him. Driven deeper into His love, in trusting Him, in using our faith to truly believe and in our intimacy of knowing Who He is and how many good things He has in store for us.
To be kingdom-minded means we trust God with the bigger picture and with our lives. Knowing that He has the full view of eternity and as the scripture says in Romans 8.
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28
Let’s shift our perspective today of how we view trials.
Let’s make this our prayer…
“Father God, I trust You. This trial that I’m going through is good for me. I trust you to lead me through this. Help me, through this process, to learn to trust You more. I choose to have joy as I walk through this. Thank you for Your strength that carries me through.”