Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, because the testing of your faith produces endurance. Let endurance have its perfect result, so you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4
In the best sense of the word James is a pragmatist. He is concerned that we survive long enough in the faith to mature. And he knows we will not survive if we don’t teach ourselves to look at our everyday circumstances from the right perspective. We must remove ourselves from the immediate distress of difficulties by using our mind as an observation platform. From this vantage point we can see the good result possible, because we see more than just the difficulty. As a Navy SEAL looks beyond the miseries of BUDS to his service to his country; or as a woman in labor looks beyond the sufferings of labor to the birth of her child; so we must look beyond every trial to the character development God desires us to attain, and to the benefits of that maturity. If we take the time to consider, to ponder, to weigh, and to appraise the result of continuing to trust in God, we will be more likely to ward off Satan’s fiery darts. Consideration helps us see the joy of fellowship that will be ours, and feeds on that joy, so we will have strength to endure until the Lord fulfills his promises.
Thank you Father for providing enough resistance to my faith that it might grow stronger as I press forward to the eternal joy promised in your Word. Amen.