Time and time again, I hear Christians complaining about the trials they’re going through. I’m not talking about venting to one another, rather such complaining that it consumes their prayer life and hinders spiritual growth in their lives. It is odd how we as Christians will follow some scriptures to a tee and completely ignore others. We congregate together, yet covet what each other has. We tithe our 10%, but completely walk past the homeless man asking for a meal. We purchase things we want, and then store them on this temporary earth where moth and rust destroy and thieves break in and steal. We then make excuses not to give these possessions up even though Jesus says, “In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.” We simply ignore the verses that we don’t like. Philippians says, “Do everything without complaining or arguing.”
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,”
I believe James 1:2 is far too often misunderstood. You see, for the longest time I thought this verse meant that if you’re not able to have your first reaction be one of joy, then you’d not receive the perseverance that follows. Upon further inspection of the verse, my eyes were drawn to the word consider. According to thesaurus.yourdictionary.com, consider is: “to chew on, cogitate, contemplate, deliberate, entertain, excogitate, meditate, mull, muse, ponder, reflect, revolve, ruminate, study, think, think out, think over, think through, turn over, or weigh.”
To consider something, we must be slow to speak. James says, “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” We must take time to consider trials pure joy as they come. Far too often we consider trials to the point of worrying, to the point of blaming God for something we clearly do not understand. This eventually leads to a stale faith that is not mature, complete and lacking much.
“ …..because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
We MUST pray to Jehovah – Roi, that He be made the object of our sight. That we be so overcome by His presence, that we run with endurance the race marked out for us. That we throw off everything that so easily entangles and hinders us. To capture our sight, for it is the lamp of the body. That if our eyes are good, our whole body will be full of light. We MUST come before EL – Elyon, the Lord Most High to pray that He enthrall, entrance, magnetize and enslave our eyes. To spellbind them to Him. We MUST take our eyes off this temporary life and rise them to Him, our eternal home.
In Christ Alex.