When I was considering buying a house, a man who is a second dad to me told me “no matter what happens, count it all joy.” I didn’t fully understand it then, but after I bought my house, it all made sense. Within the first 6 months, I had a break-in, had to get a new roof, had random leaks, a brand new washer that wasn’t working properly, and a list of other things. I was near tears thinking I had made a mistake, but with every incident I remembered to count it all joy. It wasn’t always easy but I continuously told myself that God was still good and this house was still a blessing. What I wanted to call losses, God used them as opportunities to show me that He was for me and more than enough.
Things happen. They inconvenience our lives. They make us sad. They cost money. They’re traumatic. They shake our faith. They’re unexpected. Things happen. But Jesus happened too and it is Him who we must commit to holding on to. If you’re like me, there are times where it literally seems like it’s one thing after another. First, something crazy is happening at work, then it’s church, then it’s family, then it’s the house; everywhere I turn something wrong is happening. After freaking out for a moment (or a little bit longer than that; I’m a work in progress y’all), I tell myself that it’s all working for my good (Romans 8:28). All of it, all the time.
I wouldn’t say, I get overwhelmed easily but once I get to that point, I’m done, done. I finally say “oh I’m not dealing with that. Okay, God, You can do it.” But I’m learning I don’t have to wait until I’m overwhelmed to believe God can handle it. He’s constantly working things out in my favor even when I can’t see it or feel it; He’s for me (Romans 8:31). With every problem that comes up, I know I’ll come out on the other side. My version of victory and God’s version of victory may look different but there WILL be victory.
I’m guilty of crying ‘woe is me,’ but I’ve decided to also be guilty of having a “yet will I praise You’ attitude. Kids tearing my nerves up at work? Yet will I praise You. Thought that relationship was going to work out? Yet will I praise You. Didn’t get the best evaluation? Yet will I praise You. Xfinity can’t seem to fix my internet? Yet will I praise You. Didn’t get that position? Yet will I praise You. Money looking funny? Yet will I praise You. Always and forever will I strive to count it all joy.
James 1:2-4 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.