Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. James 1:2-4
Sometimes well-meaning people confuse trials with temptation. In an effort to console someone, we might hear, or tell someone, something like, “God will never give you more than you can bear. 1 Corinthians 10:13 is about temptation, not trials.
God is faithful. He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you can bear. And when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so you can stand up under it.
Many Gospel writers experienced unspeakable anguish and suffering for their faith and wrote about it. But more than one Gospel writer concluded we should regard our trials and sufferings with joy.
“…do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.” 1 Peter 4:12-13
Does it mean we should feel joyful when we’re neck-deep in the pit of despair or sorrow? No.
The Greek root word for “count” means to consider or esteem or have rule over our trials and suffering.
Joy is not a feeling. Joy is an eternal condition of hearts rooted and established in a love relationship with Jesus.
Our joy enables us to weep and grieve and suffer with hearts fixed on eternity.