Sunday, 28 January 2018
I have often wondered
I have often wondered why James would be so crazy to write these words?:
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers (sisters), whenever you face trials of many kinds …” – James 1:2-4
Initially I thought James must be a little crazy, but then I began to understand the meaning of the word 'trials.' In the Greek language, the word for trial is ‘peirasmos’, which suggests a difficult situation or a ‘painful pressure.’
And so the implication is not that we are broken by the trials, but rather that they prepare us for something better. In a similar way, when Matric students write their 'Trial' exams, it is not meant to dishearten those students, but rather to prepare them for the real Final exams that are approaching fast.
So, may we find the strength we need to endure the trials that lie in wait, because these occasions are preparing us from something bigger down the line.
Living in Grace