Reading through the book of James, I have always been amazed at the first few verses of this very profound book of the Bible! “Count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations!” What?! Really?! So I am supposed to act happy and delighted. Like everything is going well in my life when it isn’t! Come on, James! Seriously?
These words came from James, one of the early church fathers and leaders who suffered much persecution. James was also stoned to death for his belief in Christ! You know, this guy may know what he is talking about! Let’s delve in a little deeper…
A little word study into the Greek language will reveal some hidden truths about this particular passage. The words “Count it” have a very different definition than what we are used to. This phrase in the Greek means “to lead, or be a leader.” To “fall” means to be “encompassed, or encircled by.” “Divers” means “various.” “Temptations” means “a trial, an urge to sin, or an attack on ones character.”
Essentially, James is telling us to “be a leader, full of happiness, when we are surrounded by things that are attacking our character or urging us to sin (O’Connor Standard Version). This is so refreshing and enlightening!
God is simply looking for someone to be a leader in hard times! Not someone who looks for the easy way out! Or compromises their faith in hard times!
You are a leader! BE A LEADER!