James 1:2-4 2 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 should embrace every trial with joy, because trials make us like more Jesus. How do we know we’re embracing trials with joy? The diagnostic below might help to understand how you respond to trials:
Signs that you might not be enduring with joy:
- If your first response is to complain, you might not be enduring with joy.
- If your first response is despair, to go into a shell, you might not be enduring with joy.
- If your first response is anger and resentment at the people causing the problem, you might not be enduring with joy.
- If your first response is denial, to ignore the problem, you might not be enduring with joy.
Signs that you are growing in joyful endurance:
- If you recognize your sinful response, repent of it, and thank God for the trials … even the inconvenient ones.
- If you can zoom out from the immediate circumstances and recognize God’s sovereign hand governing your life.
- If you can take a long look at your life and see that you are growing in joy over time, even as you are aware of the fallenness in you and around you.