This morning I felt joy as I thought about trials! It happened this way: I was reading James’ words about esteeming it all joy when I encounter trials.
The Greek verb “esteem” means to choose to value something. I saw that trials are of value because they test my faith, and produce endurance.
I made the choice to “esteem” and let endurance work so that I can become fully complete in my inner being.
I realized then that joy had come. And decided to share my experience with you.
“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” James 1.2-4 NLT