How to Become Steady and Strong
by Jen O’Sullivan
Count it all joy, my brothers when you meet trials of various kinds for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.
James is writing to the Jews who have been scattered and were up against many trials. They were no longer in their homeland and were facing famine. The words James uses is specific to the time such as “testing” which means “proving” as in to perfect or refine silver or gold. It goes through intense fire (trials) to make it perfect and pure.
This verse give us assurance that our joy is that of a deep down settled confidence that God is in control. God gives us the “why” in all of this that we are to count it ALL joy which means unmixed with any other emotion. Not that everything is joy but that our trials should be met with only joy.
More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. – Romans 5:3-5 (ESV)
By finding the underlying joy in my trials and testing I know Jesus suffered way worse than I could ever imagine and he persevered perfectly through every one. My trials will bring about steadfastness. In Romans 5:3-5 he gives me a process: trials = endurance (steadfastness) = character = hope = righteousness. May God test us so that we might become steady and strong in our faith, lacking in nothing.