James’ audience are the Jewish believers who have been driven from Jerusalem after the murder of Stephen. As their pastor, James was interested that they would see their plight had first passed through God’s hands. So he encourages them in the first few verses to count it all joy facing different circumstances knowing that God has a purpose for them. So let God have his way and allow Him to take you to maturity in faith. James’ counsel is good advice for us today as well. The Lord has our life in His hands, His purposes for us are all good, and we can rejoice in all He allows and takes us through!
Counting, knowing, and letting God have His way today,
Pastor Jack Abeelen