After listening to the podcast, I would like to ask you what you think. Is it really and truly possible for us to ‘count it all joy’ like the Bible says to do. It is easy to be joyful when everything in our lives is running smoothly and things in life are going well. But it is what we do and how we respond when we are under pressure that uncovers what we really and truly believe. The trials of life come to all of us, and we eventually discover just what we believe and what we do not believe.
So when you are under pressure, what do you do? Some people worry. Others become very angry. Still others withdraw and become depressed. Does the Bible teach us to do any of these things when we are facing and going through a trial? When I read my Bible, it does not teach us to respond negatively or whine and cry about our problems. Actually it is quite the opposite. The Bible explicitly teaches us to ‘Count It All Joy’ when we enter into trials.
This principle is sitting there in the Word of God ready to be activated in our next trial that we experience. If everything is going smoothly, hold on for a moment because the next trial is around the corner. You see, God new that there would be trials and tribulations in life; and He has given us a playbook that we can run in order to address the challenges that we face each days.
When the Bible says “Count It All Joy,” what this means is that when we go through trials and tribulations, there should be a smile on our face that communicates a joy. This joy in our hearts demonstrates the trust that we have in the Lord to work things out for our good. God has never intended for us to live our lives in fear. God desires that we learn and grow and that we trust in Him. So let’s remember to pass the test and exemplify a high level of learning in counting it all joy in our lives.