Because that’s what we’re supposed to do, right? “Consider it pure joy?” In the midst of the chaos that life seems to bring, I sometimes have a hard time finding joy in the difficult circumstances I face. Some days my heart is so heavy that it feels like the only thing pulling me through is inertia.
And while I might not always be jumping for joy about experiencing pain or fear or loss, I do know that each time God brings me through those times, I come out on the other end a better, stronger person. More whole. That’s no consolation prize.
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.