Why would anyone count it pure joy to encounter trials of various types? Primarily, because the trials complete them as spiritual leaders and warriors. James, Jesus brother, knew better than most the importance of walking through trials. He was the pastor of the church in Jerusalem. That church was under heavy persecution from The Jews and the Roman government. He was watching Paul’s ministry to the Gentiles, and leading to manage the struggles of a church built by faith.
James knew that trials built faith. Faith gave courage and courage sustained warriors. He also knew that Christians, first and foremost–had to walk by faith or they would seem double-minded and be useless to the cause. James simply pictured Jesus, his brother, and saw a person that counted it all pure joy–especially the cross.
What about us–do we really count it as joy when we face trials? If we do not–well, we are missing the great blessing of being prepared for our mission. If God simply set us loose without trials and training, we would most assuredly miss His hand in our lives; and, we would collapse under the attack of the enemy. We need to be grateful for the tough times. We also need to learn all we can from each of them–purely joyful!
God Bless You
James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes scattered among the nations:
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.