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Ministry Moments Blog
A devotion by Byron Reiner, ABCS Program Administrator & Leader Care Facilitator - Northern/Northwest Region
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. – James 1:2-4
Joy, we all want it! We all want it on our terms. So, we try to get it on our terms.
These verses begin with the word “consider.” What does it mean to consider? It means to take into account, reckon, compute, calculate, take an inventory, reason, regard and think on.
What does considering allow us to do in these verses? It slows us down to consider part of the construction of the sentences, recognizing that joy is the theme. We recognize that through trials joy is produced. We come to know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. We learn that through endurance you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Suffering is the call nobody wants! We can let it produce bitterness, anguish and pain, or we can recognize that it is a necessary calling in producing joy!