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.
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
In the book of James we are admonished to “count it all joy” when we fall into various trials (1:2). We who have lived our entire life in the most prosperous and free Republic have never witnessed such a thing as COVID 19. Many of us just don’t know what we should do. On May 17 Faith Baptist Church opened its doors to the public for congregational services; and I was delighted to know my brothers and sisters could once again worship together. I and many other members could not participate physically at church. What should my attitude be? Should I walk around with my head down like a student in school who was denied recess privileges? Should I be jealous of our young and healthy brethren who were privileged to attend in person for services? James says count it all joy (1:2).
On the subject of when we can attend, James says if we lack wisdom ask of God (1:5). Sometimes we need to be reminded to “speak not evil one of another” (4:11) God says if we speak evil (criticize) we are guilty of judging our brethren (5:9). Those of us who feel we cannot at this time attend services should be thrilled for those who have the liberty to attend. Likewise those of us who have the liberty to attend need to be careful of our criticism of those who do not have that liberty.
I’m sure all of us long for the day when this will be nothing but a memory. In the meantime brethren let us be patient, count it all joy, and continue to ask God for wisdom, and Lord Willing I’ll see you soon!