All Grown Up …Lacking Nuthin’—Day 2
James 1: 2-4
As a boy preacher, the seemingly paradoxical statement “Count it all joy” has always intrigued me. How does one rejoice when experiencing affliction? Why would anyone want to do that? What kind of sense does that make?
“Count it all joy.” The Greek word for Count is, hēgĕŏmai, hayg-eh´-om-ahee. The thought is to engage in an intellectual process. As I meditate on this thought, I can’t help but wonder how often we respond to our trials without utilizing the mental process of objective thought. In other words, do we not give any thought to what is going on during our trials? Do we see it as a random occurrence? Or, do we see that we have been somewhere like this before, and the last time we went through a similar situation God was doing something for his glory and for our good?
Or, do we react and behave as if there is no hope? We often quote the scriptures and say, “When I think of the goodness of Jesus and all he has done for me my soul cries out thank God for saving me.” Well, it is that same intellectual thought process that blesses us when we go through our trials. When we don’t overreact to the troubles, but think (process, consider or count) we objectively conclude that God is still in charge. If he brought something favorable out of our troubles/afflictions before, guess what? He just might be doing it again.
Think about this: Has God ever failed you?
The writer is encouraging us to take the time to think (Consider/Count). Has God continued to be good to you in spite of what you have been through? Did the Lord abandon you to figure things out on your own? How many times did the Lord bring you through bad situations and it turned out favorably?
When we honestly think about our past and what we are going through in the present, it makes it possible for us to rejoice because we already know the outcome.
Okay, count with me: One, when I was in trouble the Lord delivered me from all my afflictions. Two, when I was in trouble, again, the Lord delivered me from all my afflictions. Three, when I was in trouble some more the Lord delivered me from all my afflictions. Do we see the picture?
If the Lord was faithful in the past, we can rejoice in the present knowing He will be faithful in the future.
Lord, help us to stop overreacting before taking the time to think, Amen.