At a first read, it seems like James is being pretty insensitive. Count it all joy? Joy would not be the first or the natural response to trials. But the trials we face are not just Satan harping on us and God not doing anything about it until it gets to bad. God has not abandoned us. God’s plan and decree is intentional and good. He is calling us to something deeper and greater. God’s plan is to make us and our faith in him whole and complete.
Pastor Gutierrez preaches from James 1:1-4.