Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
We intellectually agree with James, but sometimesit’s hard… unless you understand the reasons to “count it all joy.” Joy isn’t because of the trial… but rather WHAT God will accomplish through the trial you are in. I have a list of at least sixteen reasons for Christians to “count it all joy” when you suffer.
Reason #2: It Is God’s Will (Phil 1:29),
Reason #3: Humility is accomplished (2 Cor 12:7),
Reason #4: Learn To Rest Completely On Christ’s Power (2 Cor 12:7-10),
Reason #5: Reveals Need For Sanctification (2 Cor 12:7-10),
Reason #6: God’s Way Of Sanctification (Job 1-2),
Reason #7: Conformed To Christ’s Image (Ro 8:29),
Reason #9: Jesus Is Manifested In Us (2 Cor 4:7-12),
Reason #10: Maturity (James 1:2-4),
Reason #11: Share in Christ’s Glory (1 Peter 4:12-14),
Reason #12: Displays God’s grace and comfort (2 Cor 1:3-4),
Reason #13: To Comfort Others In Their Trials (2 Cor 1:3-4),
Reason #14: Emboldens Christians To Faithfulness (Phil 1:12-14),
Reason #15: Increases Rewards (2 Cor 4:16-18),
Reason #16: Perfects God’s power in us (2 Cor 12:9).
Since God IS accomplishing each of these in the Christian’s life, how can we not “Count it ALL joy?”
Oh… one more (Tongue in cheek): When Alabama defeats Notre Dame for their 15th National Championship tonight (God willing)!