Count it all Joy!

My brethren count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.

James 1: 2, 3

Nobody enjoys tests and trials, and certainly no one prays for them. In fact, so many times I’ve prayed like the Psalmist, “…And lead me in a smooth path…” (Ps 27:11b). I want to be able to get whatever I want whenever I want it. I don’t want to have to believe God for a while before I get that job, buy that car, marry the man of my dreams, live in my own house… I’m sure you can fill in the blanks.

Fortunately, things don’t generally work that way. There are delays and situations that cause you to question your own faith and beliefs. They help you be true. It’s easy to say you believe in God’s love when things are just perfect, but what about when they are not. When there are delays.

James continues in verse 4 and says, “…But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” Isn’t that what we all want, to be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. Instead of just making sure you lack nothing, God lets you fall into various trials, so that you may be perfected. And what’s more, He gives you the grace to handle them.