Jesus said it would happen. Trials, tribulation, rejection, offense. He told His disciples that if people do not receive you (because of Him) then you must shake the dust off and move on. Easy to say but hard to do.
And yet James 1:2 says to “Count it all joy when you fall into various trials.” To “count” it all joy is not a normal emotional reaction but a deliberate intelligent appraisal of the situation from God’s perspective. God sees trials as a means to spiritual growth, proving genuineness, and purging the dross from our faith.
To “fall” into various trials carries the idea of falling down, tripping on the stairs or over the dog. Everyone does it and many times we don’t see it coming till we are already down! This is life but instead of being shocked or angry, try rejoicing. Not because God takes pleasure in a skinned knee or any other troubles we face (absolutely not) but He sees the possible results in our life when we take the attitude of rejoicing.
To rejoice means to feel or show great joy or delight; spin around with intense motion.
Sounds like dancing! My mother-in-law Jeanette was known to dance in church on many occasions as she felt so inspired (not every church is as free as hers was). She danced and shouted at her home too just to keep negativity from settling in on her. In fact, she danced her way through her very painful divorce and kept her sanity and confidence in the process!
Rejoicing strengthens your faith and produces perseverance (Romans 4:20-5:3). Abraham and Sarah had a decades-long struggle with infertility even though they had God’s promise of a child. They were both very old and Sarah was past her child-bearing years; there was no logical hope that they could conceive. Abraham, however, did not consider any of this, he hoped anyway and believed what God said. “He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God” (Romans 4:20). Abraham’s rejoicing caused him to persevere in faith and ultimately receive the promise of his son Isaac.
Rejoicing keeps your heart tender. “…We are Christ’s house if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end. Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: TODAY, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts *as in the rebellion in the day of trial in the wilderness” Hebrews 3:6-8. This speaks of a specific trial that the Old Testament Israelites faced and failed and it applies to us as a warning in the New Testament Age. Hearing God’s voice today is what every believer needs yet is not easily received without a tender heart that comes from purposeful rejoicing, thanksgiving, and hopefulness. Insure your heart against hardness, rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice! Philippians 4:4
Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
Miriam the prophetess, Aaron's sister, took the timbrel in her hand, and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dancing.
You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness.
Then shall the pure rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow.
Happy are you when people reproach you and persecute you and lyingly say every sort of wicked thing against you for my sake. Rejoice and leap for joy, since your reward is great in the heavens; for in that way they persecuted the prophets prior to you.