James 1:2 - My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations.
James is writing to Christian Jews who were scattered abroad due to persecution for their faith in Christ Jesus.
To encourage the believers, James wrote these words of hope by saying "count it all joy"!
We are living in a time of trouble, sorrow, suffering, sickness, disease, affliction, persecution, etc. In other words, we are troubled on every side.
Many people, including those in the church are feeling anxious and on edge about many of life's issues. .
Regardless of where you may find yourself on today in the way of trouble or persecution, the Apostle James exhorts us to "count it all joy"!
In other words, James is calling on all of us to change our view of the situation by changing our attitude toward what we may be going through.
James offers "Joy" as an alternate view on today. Attitude and outlook is very important. They help determine the outcome of every situation in our lives.
Believe it or not, we have a choice in the level of pain we endure during testing and trials. It all depends on our view and how we chose to respond to what we know and see.
What we see most of the time is not all there is to see. God works in the spiritual realm. That is where our faith comes in to action. We must trust God, regardless of what we feel or see with our natural eyes.
When we focus on our situation, we tend to grab a hold of anger, hurt,pain, resentment and on and on. These negatives attach themselves to us and causes us to focus on them and not on God's Word and what it says about us and our situations.
The alternative that is being offered today is "JOY". Not joy in the sense of rejoicing because we suffer because suffering can be painful, but joy in knowing that "patience" will be the fruit that pain and suffering will produce in us. Joy in knowing that God is with us always.
Yes, situations and circumstances will come in our lives that we will have no control over, but guess what? We can control how we respond to them. I believe that controlling how we respond to life's issues is exactly what God wants all of us to work on.
My question to all of us on today is how will we respond to life issues? Will we become angry and bitter or will we do as the Apostle James commands us on today and count it all "JOY" in knowing that the testing of our faith worketh patience?
How will you respond? Which will you choose to do on today? To be angry or to rejoice? Let your mind simmer on these questions on today and respond according to God's word and not your flesh who wants to retaliate.
What is in your view? What do you see in the midst of pain and suffering? Remember, there is an alternate view called "JOY" on today as you venture out in this world on today.
Cheer up! Change your view and you will see that God is with you.
God bless and do tell the Lord thank you for giving us eyes to see what He sees.
I love you all.