Joy in trials ... really?

by Brian Baker, Immanuel Biblical Counseling  ·  Jan 20, 2023

Am I really supposed to find joy in trials?

When you get to the point of asking this question with sincerity because the pain and difficulty of this world has sapped the joy out of your life, then you can begin to discover what true, Biblical joy is. Not the superficial, Pollyanna, life-is-great “so get over it” kind. Neither is it “putting lipstick on a pig.” God is fully aware of what you feel, and He means what He inspired James to write. You can (must) “Consider it all joy, my brothers and sisters, when you encounter various trials” (James 1:2, NASB).

I went to the epistle of James when my joy was gone because I knew he was straightforward and practical, and I needed help quickly. I read those familiar words afresh, “Consider it all joy.” It stopped me in my tracks. I thought, “Really, James? I have zero joy in this. How could I?” It wasn’t skepticism. By God’s grace I had the wherewithal to recognize God’s Word is true and the problem lies not with Scripture but with me. So, my next question was, “OK … how?”

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