Well, I had a good chance to see that these past couple of weeks. The whole book was great and it serves as a good spiritual slap in the face (much like Oswald Chambers' books), but again, what I was hoping, was to hold on to His peace and experiencing joy in times of trouble.
During the last couple of weeks, I faced emotional challenges due to something that was beyond my control. In the past (even up to just a few months ago), this situation might have completely floored me and frozen the ministry. This time around, however, was different.
Someday I may share the rest of this testimony, but I don't believe I'm quite ready. Suffice it to say that this long gone issue came back and stared me in the face as if to challenge me and say, "I'm back. What are you going to do about it with your weak and fragile mind?" You know what I did? I bent my knee to the One who holds the world together, the One who still sits on His throne above the world! I cried out to Him and said, "Yahweh! YOUR will be done, I KNOW You're in control and You will deliver us!"
I laughed at the enemy and said, "I will go on. The ministry will go on. I felt joy and anticipation to see what God would do and how He'd show up and show off.
My faith had been tested by my circumstances countless times and I discovered now, by experience and recognition, that James was indeed right to suggest we consider troubles an opportunity for great joy...hmmm...
Not only did I notice I did just that, but I also found joy in seeing the work God is doing in me. He is good....and I am humbled and amazed at Him once more. Can we be anything less than amazed by Him?
I am savoring the book of James once more, meditating on it verse by verse.
That James....smart man.
Be joyful and thankful in all circumstances!