- Published: Saturday, 08 June 2019 13:16
- Written by Jonathan D'Oleo
The book of James begins with the astonishing declaration “count it all joy when you fall into various trials.” But how is one supposed to rejoice in difficult times? The answer is not within the realm of human ability or understanding. This how, rather, is a God-given capacity to endure, trust and obey even when we are preyed upon by enemy powers in multiple fronts as they come at us forcefully and concurrently. Since it comes from God, this capacity is not a function of human merit. If it were we would most certainly fail the test given our sinful condition; condition that is in diametrical opposition to a spirit of submission to God’s will, confidence in His promises and readiness to obey His word. Hence, for us to do the how of “counting it all joy” we must, in a sense, rid ourselves of ourselves and ask God to take control of our hearts, minds and souls as we operate in a world that is, perhaps more than ever before, centered on the self without much regard for God and fellow men.