James 1:2 says” My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations.
Have you ever played the game of Chess? If you haven’t chess is a game played between two opponents on opposite sides of a board containing 64 squares of alternating colors. Each player has 16 pieces: 1 king, 1 queen, 2 rooks, 2 bishops, 2 knights, and 8 pawns.
Chess is not a game where one makes fast moves, it requires you to take your time. Often times one doesn’t always finish the game. They will leave it and come back to it another time, for each move is done strategic.
Here in our scripture James strongly teaches humility in God and encourages you and I to pray when we don’t know what to do next. James begins by telling us we are to find JOY during our problems. James also shares with us about perspective, he shared with us how do we see ourselves when problems arises.
Do we see ourselves as over-comers or do we see ourselves as defeated? It’s all about perspective, what do we see when problems and challenges come our way. James is showing to change our perspective.
Remember how you and your friends would play this game for hours? What was it about this game that kept our attention? I believe it was the competitiveness that kept us playing for hours. If we lost one round we would say I want a rematch, and of course our opponent did not mind they loved it as much as we did.
But at the end of the game no matter how many times you lost or won you walked away still being friends, looking forward to tomorrow to play again. Doesn’t life at times seem like a game of checkers and chess? Always moving across the board, strategizing what your next step would be? Will it be a good move or will it be a lost for you?
How do you view the decisions in your life? James ask the question do you see yourself as an over-comer? Or do you see yourself as defeated? How one sees themseves is how they will handle decisions in their life.