Consider it Joy

James 1: 2 – 3 says, “Count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.”

Joy is mentioned 97 times in the Old Testament. In the entire Bible joy is mentioned 158 times.

  • …with joy
  • …with great joy
  • …there was joy
  • …shout for joy
  • …fullness of joy
  • …have joy

What is this joy that we should shout for it, have it, and count it joy when we go through trials?

Definition

Dictionary.com defines Joy as “the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by somethingĀ exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation:”

I do believe that joy is much more than a human emotion.

The origin of this word Joy is from the word “rejoice.” In looking up rejoice in the same dictionary; it’s a verb that means “to be glad or take delight in”

Biblical definition

When we look up these two words in a biblical dictionary you get a different meaning than just the superficial emotion of great delight and taking delight in.

On Theopedia, “Joy is a state of mind and an orientation of the heart.” It goes on to say that joy is a product of Christlikeness. If we aren’t studying God’s word and following after Christ, how will we ever have Joy?

When we are following God’s way of life and yet we still don’t have joy in our own life, then we need to change our thinking. We need to see the blessings from God in our lives every day, because He gives us blessings every day. Those blessings should be changing our hearts and helping us to have joy in our heart.

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Asking God to give usĀ joy and peace is a good idea, it will help us see the areas that God has blessed us. When we consider it joy to go through a trial or difficulty in life, it means that we are building faith and hope in knowing that God will help us to see what we are doing wrong and help us change. It means we will be stronger in the end and we’ll be able to teach others by our example.

Consider it joy when we fall because God is there just waiting to catch us.

Wishing you wellness for a new day!