In the book of James 1:2-4- it says to consider or count it all joy when you go through trials of any sort.
Is it possible to have Joy in the midst of your trials? The answer is – Yes it certainly is!
Happiness & Joy are two different things. Happiness is an emotion and is based on material things or events happening around us. Joy is a condition of the heart. It’s a supernatural Joy that is stronger, an inner strength that runs deep. It comes from our relationship with Him and in knowing our position in Christ & who we are in Him.
V. 2 – 3 Consider (stop & think about it) it wholly joyful when you encounter trials of any sort. Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance, steadfastness and patience.
The trial & proving of your faith. Faith being the assurance, the confirmation, the title deed of the things we hope for, being the proof of things we do not see and the conviction of their reality (faith perceiving as real fact what is not yet revealed to the senses). Hebrews 11:1 (amplified)
Verse 3 says, be assured & understand that the trial & proving of your faith bring out – 1) Endurance – The power to withstand something challenging. 2) Steadfastness – Firmly fixed in place. Immovable. Not subject to change. Firm in belief. 3) Patience – The capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble or suffering without getting angry or upset.
V. 4 – Let endurance, steadfastness & patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be a people perfectly and fully developed (matured) with no defects, lacking in nothing.
Joy isn’t an emotion or feeling. True Joy comes from within – that inner strength that comes when we trust Him through our trials staying steadfast, not wavering. Knowing and trusting in His promises can bring a Joy and security that can’t compare to temporal happiness.
Joy is a spiritual weapon in a sense. Keeping your eyes on the source of your Joy and remaining in your faith in Him to accomplish and perfect those things that concern you will bring an inner strength that sustains you through trials.
He uses those trials to grow our faith to trust Him more & more to bring us to a perfect & complete maturity.
James 1 verse 4
The Living Bible translation – When the way is rough, your patience has a chance to grow. So, let it grow and don’t try to squirm out of your problems. For when your patience is finally in full bloom then you will be ready for anything, strong in character, full and complete.
The Message Bible translation – Consider it a sheer gift friends, when test and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So, don’t try to get our of anything prematurely. let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.
Scriptures on Joy
Nehemiah 8:10, Galatians 5:22-23, Romans 15:13, Psalm 16:11, 5:11, 21:6, 30:11, Proverbs 15:30, Isaiah 12:3