Can You Really Count It All Joy?
If we couldn’t “count it all joy,” the Lord wouldn’t have instructed us to do so!
It is very important not to let the cares of the world ruin your life by allowing worry and fear over circumstances to get a stronghold in your thinking.
The Bible teaches us to pray over our problems instead of worrying and to cast our cares upon the Lord (1 Pet. 5:7). We are to be proactive when it comes to cares and concerns.
You don’t have to be held hostage by negative emotions!
James teaches along these same lines in the very first chapter of his book.
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.” —James 1:2-3
Notice, he said count it all joy “when” not “if,” meaning you will have trials. Jesus said, “In the world you will have tribulation, be of good cheer...” (John 16:33). James said, “When you fall into various trials, count it all joy.”
Trials are defined as conflicts, sufferings and troubles; anything that would try your faith, your patience or rob you of your joy.
You can’t schedule trials for when they are most convenient. You can’t choose your trials or trade them with someone else. You face yours, and I face mine. Sometimes they are expected, but most of the time, they are unexpected. There are relational trials, financial trials, spiritual and physical trials, the list goes on and on. James said when these things arise, count it all joy.
According to the natural way of thinking, joy and trials are not two words you would expect to be found in the same sentence. You might think you could have joy after or before a trial, but not during a trial or tribulation. But we are instructed to “count it all joy—when.” That means during the trial. Most of the time, that’s the last thing you want to do, but it is always wise to follow the word of God.