In James 1:2, James tells us to consider it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds. I don't know about you, but I have a hard time maintaining joy when I am going through trials. So, why does James command us to do this?
Join me in today's The Simple Truth 2-Minute Bible Study to uncover the original history and context of this verse. Once you dig deeper into this Scripture, you'll understand more of what God is trying to do in your life. And believe it or not, your next trial might not be so hard to endure.
In James 1:2 in the NIV, James tells us to Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds.
I don’t know about you, but this is a challenging verse for me. The idea that I am to consider it nothing but the highest form of joy when I face the trial of maybe losing a job for example, well that just doesn’t make sense. But once I dug deeper into this verse, I began to understand what God’s trying to teach me.
The word consider here (as in "consider it pure joy") is a financial term, and it means to evaluate objectively. In other words, James is saying objectively evaluate the way you look at your trials from God’s perspective. Don’t let your subjective emotions hinder what God wants to do in your life.
The original recipients of this letter were Christian Jews who were dispersed throughout the region due to extreme persecution. They were facing serious trials like being fed to lions for entertainment purposes or being burned at the stake. Many of them lost their jobs and family members were disowning them.
Maybe you can even relate. Maybe you’re facing great trials during this pandemic and you’re wondering where God is in all of this.
And James is telling you in James 1:2, Look, I know these trials don’t feel good, but I’m commanding you to look at it from God’s perspective. He sends these tests to strengthen you and develop you. God’s not sending these tests today to make you fail. No, He’s preparing you for something so much bigger. So, when you face trials today, stop and examine how you respond. Do you respond in joy knowing that God will work it out for your good? Or does God still have some work to do?
And that’s The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth and I’ll see you again tomorrow.