I love to study what the Greek words mean in a particular passage. I love digging a little bit deeper and understanding what each words means. I use Bible Hub to look at the definitions, since my personal study of Greek is pretty limited. This week I have been pouring over James 1:2.
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials.
Consider: coming first in one’s priority; the leading thought in one’s mind.
In the midst of a trial, we have to work hard to keep joy as our first priority. It is so easy to focus on the pain and on what you are feeling. But we need to purpose to focus on joy.
Joy: grace recognized.
I love this definition of this word. Often we think of joy as being happiness, but it is deeper than that. It is a correct understanding of what God’s grace is. When we correctly understand the grace of God, often happiness will follow behind.
Encounter: literally are surrounded by.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes it feels like we are surrounded at all sides by difficult things. They constantly bombard us.
Trials: testing or temptation; affliction.
This is anything that you are suffering through – physical, spiritual, mental.
If we put that all together, it would look like:
The key to enduring through trials is keeping God’s grace in the front of your mind. Trials refine our faith and produce spiritual endurance. Time after time we must discipline ourselves to remember God’s goodness and God’s promises.
When we have a correct focus, it enables us to say that, whatever our lot, it is well with our soul.