Was James “high” when he said “count all your trials as joy?” (James 1:2)
I reckon he was. Not in a bad way. Lets just say from a spiritual perspective, he was right up there.
Because James’ mindset towards trouble is exactly the space we ought to be in when storms strike.
Have you ever seen footage of simulated crash testing for pilots? It involves being dumped unceremoniously in the deep end upside down!
Sounds simple enough in theory. Yet many fail the test and need rescuing.
That’s because even the most elite folk can “freak out” in troubled circumstances, even under controlled conditions.
No such thing as “controlled conditions” in life though right? So what happens when you’re blindsided by a painful circumstance and there are no rescue divers to save you?
Our instinct is to lead from the flesh. BIG mistake. Spirit-led decisions aren’t emotional, they are kingdom-principled and with your purpose in mind.
James says proper perspective is the start-point to right response. The freak-out-factor is minimized in knowing there is a divine purpose in your darkest days. Pain is not to punish, but to polish. And God’s promise is that all things work for good.
When God says ALL THINGS, He means YOUR THINGS too.
That, you can feel real good about. Just like James.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose ~ Romans 8:28
Post inspired by the Pain in my Purpose Series by Bishop Brian Tamaki. Download available on this LINK