“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials…” (James 1:2).
Do you know why you’re here? On earth? Have you thought much about that lately?
At this point in history, it’s easy to just skim information, watch random video clips, or amuse ourselves with whatever’s trending at this particular time. The Bible, however, speaks of inescapable realities that are much more important than whatever’s streaming on your device at the moment ….
Such as, ‘Why are you here’? Do you know? Because that’s what matters. And that’s what God’s Word is here to show you ….
“Count it all joy, my brethren, when you meet trials of various kinds.” This single verse, though perhaps not a direct answer to that question, gives us clues as to why we’re here. It indicates that we are not here just for laughs, to run a successful business, to become well-known or famous, or to earn a name for ourselves. No, we are here for purposes that require us to go through a lifetime of challenges and tight spots — “trials of various kinds” that we can display the superiority of life lived in God ….
Can you embrace that? Mind if I say that one more time? We are here to display the superiority of a life lived in God. That’s a really important sentence. It was such a revelation to me. Because as you know, trials and troubles come to all people. They’re a part of everyone’s life. But seriously — in how many people do those same trials and troubles produce … “joy”??
Joy is not normal. Joy is supernatural. You can’t craft it in your basement or create it through an experience of hard work or even pleasure. Joy is something you can only get from God. And as we know, or should know; “the joy of the Lord is my strength” ….
Therefore, unlike those who don’t know Him or don’t have a genuine faith in Him, believers in Christ are the only ones supernaturally equipped to walk through “trials of various kinds,” generating “joy” in the process. Pretty deep huh? And entirely possible ….
Joy ~ a supernatural delight in the person of God, the purposes of God, and the people of God.
Joy ~ springing up from a genuine worship of His grace, perfection, beauty, love, power, and goodness.
Joy ~ born of realizing that He is doing something awesome around you all the time, even when you can’t see it or feel it.
That’s why even Christians get cancer. That’s why even Christians go bankrupt. That’s why even Christians can have prodigal kids, suffer chronic back pain, battle with Diabetes, receive rejection letters in the mail, and get into car accidents on the freeway. God allows us to face and feel the same things that people who don’t know Him experience, so that we can put on display the joyful distinction of what it means to be His child; what it means to live with hope and eternal perspective. What it means to still have joy in the midst of a raging storm ….
So press your mind down on that. Think about it hard today. In light of what’s happening to you right now, and in light of why you’re here, what can you do in this moment to best display the superiority of life with God? Can you choose joy? And how can you then share this joy?
Let us pray ~
Lord, I thank You for Your Word that helps me understand what is so often hard to understand. I am beginning more now to know why You’ve told me “not to lean to my own understanding, but just trust You” and You will direct my paths. I thank You God for guiding me. Thank You for making joy a continual option for me — at all times — and in all situations. Use me today my Lord, through whatever situation, whatever pathway that You know is best, even if I may not understand. Move through me I pray, to be a conduit of joy to others. May Your light within me be a beacon to draw others from the darkness. Make my life an invitation for them to draw near to You and experience supernaturally what only You can give. In Jesus name I pray, Amen
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” (James 1:2-8)