James 1:2 says, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials.” We embrace our trials with our spirit. Our flesh runs from them. Our spirit welcomes our trials, but our flesh views them as intruders.
James 1:2-2 in the J. B. Phillips says, “When all kinds of trials and temptations crowd into your lives, my brothers, don’t resent them as intruders, but welcome them as friends! Realise that they come to test your faith and to produce in you the quality of endurance.”
All trials have God’s purpose stamped on them. If He has allowed us to fall into a trial, we can welcome it and embrace it as we would a treasured friend. Our new trial is a grace gift that the Lord will unwrap for us as we continue to humble our heart.
Anything that we try to process through our flesh, will seem foolish and unnecessary. It is a bother that we want to deflect, dismiss, or ignore. When we process our trials through our spirit, we stand in what we know. Our hope in God anchors our mind, will, and emotions. It fortifies our spirit man.
Embracing means that we accept it, and begin to process it through the character of the Lord. 2 Peter 1:4 says that through His promises we become partakers of His nature. Romans 8:28 says that He works all things together for good. We embrace His goodness and enter into it through our thoughts.
We stand in verses that sustain, nourish, secure, and strengthen our inner man. We cling to the Lord with barnacle faith. Trials test our faith, like a refiner tests for alloys in precious metals.
Here is a note in my Amplified regarding Proverbs 25:22. Samuel Wesley wrote: “So artists melt the sullen ore of lead, by heaping coals of fire upon its head: In the kind warmth the metal learns to glow, and pure from dross the silver runs below.”
Our flesh tries to repel the fire, but God uses it to flush out the lies that hide it. Part of a trial’s purpose is to set us free from the unseen that keeps us captive. Heavy metals in our body hide parasites. When we go through a detox process, the parasites come out with the heavy metals. Their hiding place was destroyed.
When we bring detoxing truth into our inner being, the hidden lies are exposed. As we implant God’s word in our heart, their hiding places are destroyed. James 1:21 says, “Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your soul.”
I like to think of ‘implant’ as a sliver that embeds itself. It has to be removed or it will fester. When we embed God’s word into the walls of our heart, it permeates our thought process. Truth is woven in, like threads in fabric.