So often when we read this passage below we shake our head a bit at these words and think, “I’m not so sure I wanna do that right now.” We would much rather skip to a friendlier, easier verse but we need to figure out how to “count it all joy” for our own sake too. Especially if you’re in season of loss lately. We need to pray and ask God, to please help you to understand what this means? We know He is compassionate and He is not telling us to just plaster a fake smile on our face. After all, Jesus wept with us when he was here. But if we’re going to be honest you just don’t get it. Have a wonderful day in His presence and count it all joy.
“Count it all joy when you meet trials of many kinds.” ~ James 1:2
As I consider this passage more, I realize when we count something it means we’re intentionally recognizing the worth in it. And when we count something as joy, we’re saying there’s not only worth but also even something good.
Maybe you’re going through a challenging time in your life, where you feel utterly discouraged. Where you prayed, “Lord, I feel like I’m in a deep, dark cave right now.” But I believe God is trying to express this on your heart, “You may be in a cave but you have a choice: You can sit in the dark or you be joyful in your difficulties.”
I’m discovering “counting it all joy” isn’t a one-time thing. It’s more of a process and a promise. It’s something as born-again believers we’ll be learning to do until we step into heaven where all the darkness is finally gone. Until then, we can know that with our God nothing is ever worthless. It all counts even more than we can see right now. And that hope can light the way to treasures we never imagined we could find in our hard times.
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