Consider it Joy, in the Potter's Hands
We all go through disappointments, disagreements, & simply put, rough patches in life that test our faith. Those are the valley’s of life where it’s often dark & gloomy. We feel alone, sometimes afraid, and usually unsure or even paralyzed as to which direction we should turn next.
We are never alone, God knows we sometimes feel that way, and it’s nothing new. In 50-60 AD the Jewish Christians were feeling much the same way. It had been over 20 years since the death, burial, & resurrection of Christ, and they were no doubt struggling. They were disappointed Christ had not yet returned, disagreeing with one another over daily living, & dealing with thoughts that were shaking their faith.
What did James tell them through the wisdom of God’s word? Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials...huh??? Why would I consider it joy to go through trials? Why should I be glad to deal with tough & challenging situations? This seems completely backward, but James immediately answers the question as if he knew you were asking it.
James says we need to know that the testing of our faith produces endurance, and he urges us to allow endurance to have its perfect (intended) result so we may be perfect & complete lacking nothing. Still don’t understand? James goes on to instruct us to ask for wisdom from God. Human logic say get back, get even, give up, or get out of town. Heavenly wisdom says, what can I learn from this to continue working towards something greater.
In every situation you find yourself, ask...how can my faith grow, what can I learn, & how can I use that knowledge for the Lord? If you can have the wisdom to learn & grow you can look back and truly consider it all joy.
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