Facing it with Calmness
“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.” (James 1: 2 – 3)
As James had pointed out, it is an inevitable fact that believers will have to face trials; then, what should be our attitude in times of trial? The best strategy is to be mentally prepared before the arrival of trials. It is just like before a ship sets sail, it has to assume that the worst might happen, and be equipped, and know the route to sail towards a “safe harbor”.
A positive attitude is to ‘consider it pure joy’. To ‘consider’ is to identify, without hesitation or uncertainty. This attitude is often seen in the Epistle to the Philippians (2: 3, 6, 25, etc.), and conveys affirmation instead of helplessness. Therefore, this verse can be translated as “identified as something worthy of great joy”.
Someone may consider this attitude as Don Quixote. When faced with plight, the response of human nature is often negative, discouraged, resentful, questioning God, and giving up one’s faith; how can one be “in great joy”?
And yet, when someone is saved and born again, one possesses a pair of spiritual eyes of wisdom to discern the values of different matters. With an understanding of the teachings in God’s word, one can look at matters from a heavenly perspective, and face trails with calmness.
Prayer: To Be Like Him
O Dear Lord Jesus,
Why is it that my moments of greatest creativity
come during my times of greatest grief?
It’s a terrible price to pay!
“Yes, it was…for me too.”
－Joy Morgan Davis,
You Bring the Umbrellas, Lord, 48