Let’s begin a short series on how to live life as we ought to…as we were meant to live it!
As you have probably heard at some point in your life, “Everyone has just come out of a trial, or they are in the middle of one right now, or they are about to enter one!”
No one escapes troubling times!
As a Christian, I believe our Creator has given us wisdom to navigate through such times! We will work our way slowly through a passage in the New Testament book of James in order to gain this, much needed wisdom for dealing with the troubles of yesterday, today, and for tomorrow!
As we begin, the first thing we see in our passage is:
A Reasoning to Embrace
James 1:2a, “Consider it all joy” (NAS)
The word for ‘consider‘ is an interesting word. Here the reader is being instructed on how to think. It may not be a logical conclusion humanly speaking, but as a Christian, James is instructing us to use spiritual judgment in how we think. What is that? Well, he is targeting the focus of our consideration or ‘how and what we think’ toward the end result that produces ‘all joy’.
We need to look deeper into what ‘all joy‘ means. ‘Joy‘ is the Greek word ‘chara’ and here refers to ‘pure joy’ or ‘chief joy’ or basically your greatest joy. We know James is giving instruction to those who experience trials and tribulations in life, and they are to consider these as their chief joy? That does not make sense, right?
Have you ever seen something happen that seemed at first to be very bad, but then, someone speaks of it later as a ‘blessing in disguise’? Sure, we’ve heard that, but in this passage, the meaning is so much more robust than merely a ‘blessing in disguise’… he is in all reality saying, this becomes the purest, and most chief joy in your entire life! It boggles the mind of those who don’t know Christ and it is something that the Christian needs to understand!
Peter gives a similar instruction in 1 Peter 1:6, “In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials” (NAS)
Q1: Are you tied-down in life’s troubles or are you triumphant in life?
Q2: Do you need to change your perspective on the ‘troubles’ of your life?
If you don’t know Jesus as your personal Savior, I would like to invite you to visit this site, Discover Jesus, to learn what the Bible says about the wonderful grace of God in Jesus Christ!
If you know Jesus as your personal Savior, then look at your life from His perspective and realize that He has a plan for the events of your life! Just knowing that all of this is in His plan can bring joy, HIS JOY, into your life. Consider it all joy!
Have you found a way to ‘consider it all joy’? When you are going through those tough, troubling times, what have you done to change your mindset to focus on Christ and His plan for your life? I’d love to hear some practical ideas, or tactics, from you!
Well, that’s all for now. Please feel free to check back soon for another installment of REDD-INK!