Count It All Joy II

In the post Count It All Joy, we looked at James 1:2-4 as well as other verses that confirmed that the Christian life is filled with circumstances that will hurt, where we will experience trials and sufferings, but we have been commanded to Count It All Joy II. I can’t say this enough because of the pride in my heart.

Proverbs 11:2 says, “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.” The pride in my heart and the pride in your heart says that we should not have hardships, trials or suffering because I am better than that; I am above that. Essentially, this pride is idolatry. For the believer, we can be sure that God will deal with that sin in our lives. It is akin to what happened with the king of Tyre in Ezekiel 28:2. God sends the message.

“Son of man, say to the ruler of Tyre, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says:

“‘In the pride of your heart you say, “I am a god;
I sit on the throne of a god in the heart of the seas.”
But you are a man and not a god, though you think you are as wise as a god.”

According to A. R. Faussett, the statement I am a god, I sit in . . . seat of God . . . the seas–As God sits enthroned in His heavenly citadel exempt from all injury, so I sit secure in my impregnable stronghold amidst the stormiest elements, able to control them at will, and make them subserve my interests. The king of Tyre assumed a position higher than what he was – a man. When we assume a position where we think we know better than God, we are saying we are better than God; thus we are essentially a god. This was satan’s downfall. The king of Tyre, king of Babylon and any of us who assume a position in our hearts higher than Christ is a sort of anti-Christ.

We must accept the Word of God over our rationalizations or lies concocted by satan and perpetuated by ignorant man. James 1:2-4 says, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” In Romans 12:3, we are told “Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.” Why should we remain humble? Because James 4: 6 says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

The king of Tyre was not humble, so God demonstrates His opposition to him as well as His prophetic defeat of satan in Ezekiel 28. Listen to what God says in the last verse, “you have come to a horrible end and will be no more.” For us who claim Christ, we must understand that whatever our hardship, trial or suffering, it is not the end. Christ suffered the worst fate for us on the cross. His resurrection from the dead guarantees our resurrection and union with God. The trials we are going through only serve to purify our faith. We know “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 11:6

Consequently, in all the hardships, trials and sufferings, we must not become prideful assuming a position higher than we ought, but we must Count It All Joy II.


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