“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.” (James 1:2-4 KJV)
There are two definite things the Apostle James tells us to do when we are facing a test or trial.
Count it all joy
The first is in verse two: “count it all joy,” or we could say, “keep a good attitude.” Notice James doesn’t say the test is a joyful occasion, but that we must choose to be joyful. It has been said that in a test your attitude will determine your altitude. This means that your faith will never operate above the level of your attitude.
A good example of counting it all joy and maintaining a good attitude is found in Acts 5:40,41: “And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.”
I’m sure they didn’t feel like rejoicing for a beating, but they chose to put God in charge of their attitude and not the circumstances. I believe if they did it, so can we.
The second thing James said to do was to stay patient. He said that patience would give our faith the necessary strength needed to win the battle. Many of us don’t understand patience. We think patience means to just sit quietly and wait; however, the Greek definitions give us a much better understanding of the power that is in true biblical patience.
Some keywords to describe patience are: cheerful, hopeful endurance, constancy, and continuance. The Amplified Bible describes patience as having "steadfastness".
The reason we need to maintain a good attitude with patience, cheerfulness, hopeful endurance and steadfastness is that the answer to our prayer—or the manifestation of our faith confession—doesn’t always come to us immediately. It is from the moment you set yourself in faith to overcome the test that the true battle begins. The devil attacks your faith because he knows that if your faith is not defeated, he can’t defeat you. Thank God for joy and patience! When we put these two powerful forces to work, they lift our faith up just as Aaron and Hur lifted up the arms of Moses.
If you are facing a test, draw from these two powerful truths. Make sure you keep a good attitude and make sure you stay consistent. If you do these two things, you will turn your test into a testimony for the Lord.