James 1:2-3 “How to Become Steady and Strong” by Jen O’Sullivan

How to Become Steady and Strong
by Jen O’Sullivan

James 1:2-3
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.

Blessing God ~ Joy in the Thorns

God has been putting me through a series of trials and tests. At one point I begged Him to give me respite. I thought, “I can’t do this anymore!” Then he blessed me. He blessed me in a way I would never have guessed. He changed my desire. Instead of changing my circumstances, the thing I kept praying for, he blessed me in the best way possible by redirecting my focus. Can you look at something you are going through right now that you are sad about, hurt by, or just don’t understand and look at it from a different perspective? Will what you are going through matter a year from now? Maybe. Will it matter 10 years from now? It might. Will it matter 100 years from now? Well, that is up to you and your Maker. If it is of this world, then it definitely will not matter 100 years from now. If it is regarding your spiritual life, you better bet it will matter 100 years from now. Change your perspective and rejoice in your trouble.
Joy in the Thorns“Joy in the Thorns”

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
– James 1:2-4

Photography by Jen O’Sullivan

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