count it all joy

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,” James 1:2 (ESV)

Following on from my last post, I want to keep looking at this subject of joy.

It’s a natural reaction to be joyful when things are good. To praise God when everything is going well. When we experience success. Not failure.

But what happens when it all turns to crap? Do we blame God?

Do we throw our frustration at Him? Questioning His good judgement? Abusing His wisdom?

“Trials” are a necessary part of our growth.

I know from my running that stress is required for improved performance.

As we adapt to these small stresses, we are then better able to withstand the extreme ones.

It doesn’t necessarily feel good at the time. It may be uncomfortable, even painful.

But there is a greater purpose behind these “trials”.

And God has promised that He will never “leave [us] nor “forsake [us]” (Hebrews 13:5).


prayer : that God the Father will “deliver [me] from evil” (Matthew 6:13)

action : trust God that He has my best interests at heart

5 thoughts on “count it all joy

  1. For me, it is hard to consider it joy in the midst of the trials. However, when I am able to look back over difficult times, I can see where God was working and how He was there and it brings me joy. I guess for me, the joy comes in hindsight.

    • And that’s perfectly understandable. Yet I think God wants us to be “joyful always” (Thessalonians 5:16). Which is not necessarily the same as being happy.

      If something sad happens in our lives (such as grieving the loss of a loved one or we’re pain of suffering illness etc) then we should mourn. It’s right and proper. Think of Jesus at the tomb of Lazarus (John 11:35).

      Yet we can be “joyful” in the knowledge of God’s steadfast love and unending grace.

      Thank you for your comments. Kim+

    • And a good thought it is too. Although, personally, I’m not sure if Paul was prioritising the “fruit of the spirit” when he listed them in that order. Yet it deserves further consideration.

      Thanks. Kim+

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