“Consider it all joy, my brother and sisters, when you encounter various trials” (James 1:2).

Just as Paul, standing before King Agrippa, considered himself fortunate (Acts 26:2), and as he admonished believers to “consider” one another as more important than yourselves (Phil. 2:3), and as Christ did not “consider” equality with God as something to be grasped (Phil. 2:6), and as Sarah considered God faithful (Heb. 11:11), and Moses considered the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt (Heb. 11:26), James now offers forth an imperative to this audience of messianic  Jews; that they “consider” joyously the adversities of life, with the anticipation of how these things are but a part of the “working out” of God’s greater providential purposes.

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