My brothers and sisters, be very happy when you are tested in different ways. James 1:2 GW
A potter knows air that remains in pockets of clay can cause his masterpiece to explode. So he works the clay over and over to insure he has pounded all the air pockets out of the clay so that when it goes through the fire, it comes out pure—the masterpiece he envisioned.
James was a ridiculous “rejoicer.” He knew that in the midst of the difficulty, the hard times, God was at work shaping and molding each one of us, preparing us to withstand the fire. I’m not saying that God created the difficult circumstances, but I believe He uses the hard times for our good.
Have you ever asked in the midst of a trial, “God, what are you doing?” James said to rejoice—to be very happy—when you are tested because in the end, when it’s all over, it will turn out for your good.
Get a big picture of your situation. Choose right now in the middle of all the stress and chaos to rejoice. Be that ridiculous “rejoicer.” It will change your attitude and give you peace in the storm.
For more on this topic, listen to the podcast, Peace of Mind, from the series Philippians – Peace No Matter What.