HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“ My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;” (James 1:2).
We do not always feel joyful, but we are to count it all joy. The word “reckon” is one of the key-words of Scripture. It is the same word used about our being dead. We do not feel dead. We are painfully conscious of something that would gladly return to life. But we are to treat ourselves as dead, and neither fear nor obey the old nature.
So we are to reckon the thing that comes as a blessing. We are determined to rejoice, to say, “My heart is fixed, O God, I will sing and give praise.” This rejoicing, by faith, will soon become a habit, and will ever bring speedily the spirit of gladness and the spontaneous overflow of praise.
Then, “although the fig-tree may wither and no fruit appears in the vines, the labour of the olive fail and the fields yield no increase, the herd be cut off from the stall, and the cattle from the field, yet we will rejoice in the Lord, and joy in the God of our salvation.”
“Peace, perfect peace, with sorrows surging round,
On Jesus’ bosom naught but calm is found;
Peace, perfect peace, our future all unknown,
Jesus we know, and He is on the throne.”
I love the way Paul puts it for he is writing to us from his personal experiences. If there was anyone to teach us a life’s lesson it is Paul. O, brethren we to have lessons of our own that we can teach or give in testimony. Some of us can write our own books and talk about our trials and temptations, yet we have overcome to tell the sweet story of Jesus and the Lamb by and by.
In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him, that loved us and gave His life for us. Hallelujah But our journey now begins and there is more to be done before our time on this earth is over and are called from works unto reward. May we find that hiding place in Him through the blood. God bless you.