Have you ever had someone say something to you and you think you understood what they said but it just didn’t make sense so you ask the person to say it again? Most likely this might happen if someone says either some incredibly good news or possibly some really bad new and so we ask for for the person to say it again to make sure we heard the news properly.
In like manner, someone reading through James 1 might be tempted to have to read a certain verse again, just to make sure they read it correctly the first time. Verse 2 reads, “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations.” The word “temptations” in this verse doesn’t necessarily mean temptations to sin but could also be translated “trials”. So James is writing to fellow believers to essentially consider it joy to face various trials of all different types. Wow, doesn’t that fly in the face of how we normally think?
Normally when we face the trials of life our attitude and mindset is to try to get out of the trial as quickly as possible, often praying to that end. No, we like to “count it all joy” when we get a pay raise, our health turns around for the better and we get a quick, inexpensive auto repair when we feared the worst. “Praise God!” we say to ourselves and other Christians around us. What do we essentially mean in many cases? My trial is over or avoided!
However, James 1:2 is still in the Bible. Count it ALL joy when we face various trials. Why? The passage goes on to say that trials produce a testing of our faith that results in patience. The idea of patience in this passage is endurance or steadfastness. In other words, trials do much more for our Christian walk than good times do. Isn’t it the truth? Aren’t we closest to God during times of trials? Very few of us would grow in our walk with the Lord if life was nothing but an easy street; no, we need those times of trials.
So whether you are in a trial now, or about to enter one, count it all joy brethren!