My twin three-year-old granddaughters- Monark and Cali, have learned to count to 20.  Learning to count is important- for numbers are stable and play a big part in our lives.  We must learn the concept of numbers early.

When we began learning about numbers, we learned to count things that are in the same category.  Like all the red objects. In the following verse we are instructed to count KJ or consider NIV-(that is to regard or classify) being surrounded by and falling into all kinds of problems in the same category as joy.

No way!  Again we see the LORD showing us that GOD’s ways are not our ways, and HIS thoughts are not our thoughts.  But I have learned HIS ways always work (Isaiah 55:8-11), and that HE does nothing without a reason (Ezekiel 14:23).

                                   I smile when thinking of some ways GOD’s selected for us to be taught                                     Delighting much in opposites for us to receive what is sought.

                                        To climb high, we must bend low, to learn we need first to forget,                                                       To obtain joy, we must know tears, filling comes when emptiness hits.

                                       These things appear to contradict, but this is wisdom for our GOD,                                              Rejects what men esteem as good, bringing to naught what the world applauds.

I Cor 1:27,28                      by Sharon

So lets look at the text and see what the reason might be for this strange request.

Consider (count KJ) it all joy whenever you face (Greek- be surrounded by and fall into) trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance (patience KJ).  Let endurance (patience) finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, and not lacking anything (James 1:2-4 NIV).

When I read that text this morning, it made me think about the struggles and delays I have, and am experiencing in receiving certain promises.  The verse says we are to consider or count (as a fact-NOT FEELING) our struggles and problems all joy.  That’s hard, but GOD promises that HE will help (Hebrews 4:16).  We must choose to think of them as joyous because they are working to produce good things in us.

Looking back, I see that even though some of the promises I am still waiting for are over 40 years old- my assurance that they will be fulfilled is even stronger now than the day I received them.  This is because GOD took HIS word and spoke it into my spirit- and a rhema word received produces faith that lasts (Romans 10:17).  In the struggles and problems, if I look to GOD, HE meets with me to encourage and strengthen me so that my faith grows right there in the middle of the hurricane.

Since everything is confirmed by 2 or three witnesses, let me give you another witness of what GOD is doing behind the scenes when everything around us seems to be falling apart.

For all this is for your benefit… therefore we do not lose heart.  Though outwardly we are wasting away, inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary (by comparison) troubles are achieving for us an eternal (long lasting) glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen (the situation) but on what is unseen (what GOD is achieving behind the scenes through our situation) for what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen (what GOD is achieving for us) is eternal (2 Corinthians 4:15-18NIV).

Determine in your heart, to verbally give (note- it doesn’t say we have to feel it just give the sacrifice of) thanks in all things (I Thessalonians 5:18). If you are willing to obey these commands, you will find it will change you.  Just like it changed me.

Looking unto JESUS the Author and Perfecter of my faith,




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