James 1:2

James 1:2-Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,

Oh, the challenges that life can bring. We all face potential pitfalls every day. Many people are simply one catastrophe away from a major meltdown. We all have to deal with problems. What we cannot do, is to let the trials that life bring our way to derail us and take us off our game. James instructs us to consider!

I love this word consider. This word requires us to think, to dream, to process, to work it “all” out in our head. James says to “Consider it all joy.” It’s cool how he uses the word “all” here. He wants to realize that as we are thinking this through, as we are considering the problem, he wants us to think collectively. We must understand that every aspect of our life must be examined. We are to consider this all joy. Everything, the good, the bad and the downright ugly.

We should be joyful in our life. God created us and made us for His expressed purpose. When we are considering our life, His overwhelming and overreaching love for us should bring us great joy. James knows that everyone will encounter life challenges. These life encounters should not be allowed to knock us out and keep us down. When we face the trials with Jesus in our corner, we get to see a glimpse of Him caring for and preparing and meeting the needs of our life. Considering life challenges requires an element of faith. These life trials many times refines us into what He wants us to be.

So…be joyful and walk!