“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” – James 1:2-4
What is going on in these verses in the book of James? When you face trials, consider them joy? Who does that? The Bible wants us to embrace conflict?
The term “the path of least resistance” means that people will usually choose the option easiest for them. This concept is used a lot in our society. We want things to be done quickly and cheaply, and we don’t want to go against the grain.
But what happens when we experience conflict? What should we do when something disrupts our path of least resistance? James says when we encounter trials of various kinds, we should consider it joy because it is an opportunity for spiritual growth. We can actually use our pain to help us become more like Christ.
It’s not easy to accept trials and conflict. It takes a lot of courage and faith. But James reminds us that by doing this, we will be blessed in the end. We can learn from our experiences and use them to help us become better people. So even if it seems impossible, don’t give up! Look at your trials as opportunities to learn and grow, and you’ll be on the path to joy.
Remember, at the heart of every good story is conflict. Without the struggle, the prize becomes meaningless. Over and over again, the Bible encourages us in our struggle. Far from promising us that our lives will be worry-free, God’s word challenges us to face difficulties with courage and even joy. We will face trials, but the good news is that God is with us. Answer this: Is joy your reaction when difficulties arise? How can you change your mindset about conflict?