Count it all Joy
So many times we look at trials and testings as a bad thing. But I like the way the ESV states verse 3. “When you meet various trials”
When you meet them. mmmm. That is easy to understand although sometimes we might think that they are meeting us. James says our faith is tested and we may think of temptations to sin or even to leave the Lord. While that may be included, it should also be narrowed down.
Consider it this way: When that driver cuts you off are you exploding all over yourself as he drives away blissfully unaware of what he did? What kind of faith do you have? A kind one? A forgiving one? An assumption that maybe he needed to be hurrying along his way and meant you no ill?
Or when someone offers to let you cheat on a test: Is your faith one that says Honesty and not speaking lies is part of God’s character therefore it is part of mine. An A+ stolen is not a godly as a C- earned. Besides, you should have paid more attention to the ant you sluggard! No more procrastinating.
When your faith is tested in various ways and you pass that test, your steadfastness is increased. Not only does this open the way for you to be used by God more, it opens the way for you to be a better example to others and perhaps provide the wisdom that some lack.
(next time: Lacking wisdom)
P.S. So my trial right now is “how do I post this onto my James page?” Fear not if there is a way, I will find it or someone will help me find it.