The testing of your faith develops perseverance, patience, steadfastness, endurance……
One thing I know first-hand is that trials have the ability to strengthen your foundation and bring out the rock-solidness of Christ within you.
Once you’ve jumped over a 50 foot building, any 10, 15, or 30 footers you encounter from here-on-out are nothing. So the faith of James that encourages us to “count it all joy” is completely legit.
No, the trials never feel good, and embracing them is usually the last thing we want to hear (If you knew the many times I’ve done an internal eye roll at people). But that’s why he says “joy” and not “happy.” Joy has the ability to work beyond the current circumstances. Joy unlike happiness runs on the fuel of faith (the very thing being tested).
So while it hurts now, maybe seems like it going to kill you, while the storm is raging and things are shaking: count it all joy.
Feed on the Word, which faith comes by hearing. Rehearse truth and not the problem! Allow others to share your burden.
The giant within you is learning to stand.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
James 1:2-4 NIV
“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
2 Corinthians 4:17-18 NIV
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17 NKJV
“So everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, will be like a wise man [a far-sighted, practical, and sensible man] who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods and torrents came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.”
MATTHEW 7:24-25 AMP