Keep Counting

Keep Counting
James 1:2-5

2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,
3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.
4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

When you look up the word COUNT in the dictionary you will find these definitions:
verb (used without object)

7. to count the items of a collection one by one in order to determine the total: She counted three times before she was satisfied that none was missing.

8. to list or name numerals in order: to count to 100 by fives.

9. to reckon numerically.

10. to have a specified numerical value.

11. to be accounted or worth something: That first try didn’t count—I was just practicing.

James, the brother of Jesus, wrote this letter that was intended to reach the twelve tribes of Israel.
However, this letter resonates very clearly as we live in moment of time. The letter was intended to give
the early Christians yet, another glimpse of hope in the dire desperate situation that those folks had to
endure back then but, these days, we still could gain a lot of learning from this letter.

Please rest assured that, as we inhale and exhale as many times as God allows us to do so, we are and
always will be, either going through or going into some sort of trial. One thing you can definitely
conclude in every word in The Word is that, no matter how hard we try to add or subtract negative
things in or negative people in our lives, no one is drama free. I can remember watching the late Gilda
Radner playing the part of Roseanne Rosanna-Danna. Her character was always a “guest” on the
Weekend Update skit. She would always give some sort of news spoofs that were meant to poke fun at
the news of the day but, one thing that always stuck was her final comment: “It’s always something”.
What that was saying to me was that, no matter what you were doing at any given moment, there was
always something going. You may not be around to witness it and you may not actually be experiencing
it. But make no mistake, there was ALWAYS something going on. That being said, when you are on the
midst of your “something going on”, always remember that, when it comes to trials, they will always be
here but, since you know that already, you may as well, count the joy that comes with the trial and since
you know that there will be more trials in the future and that that there will be joy with those trials as
well, KEEP COUNTING!

One of the reasons why you have to keep counting is because, the counting will produce patience. Just
ask any driver that has to go to the DMV. When you first walk into that building, the first thing they give
you is a number. This number is used to, as they say, “Help us serve you better”. When you are handed
your number of E14 and you find a place to sit only to realize that they have just called A2, you really
have no choice but to sit and wait…patently. That’s when you take is upon yourself to start looking
around at all the other folks who have numbers just like you. Then you start paying attention to the
numbers being called; B17, C24, D5, E9, E10, E11, E12, E13, and finally, your number comes up. You
finally get to the counter and get your business taken care of. In fact, the time at the counter is not as
nearly as long as the wait. Then you realize that it really wasn’t all that bad. Especially when you walk
out and pass the person that has number K29. That’s when you can count it all joy that you got through
that trial. If you still don’t understand, let me call Job to the witness stand. Job had everything that he
needed and a whole lot of what he wanted. He had so much in fact that Satan believed that if God’s
hedge of protection was removed, Job would curse his maker. Well, as you have read this story
countless times, Job lost it all. When I mean ALL, I mean that the only thing that Job had left was his life.
He was still able to breathe
He was still able to wake up the next day.
Since he was able to wake up and since he was able to breathe, he took a look at Psalms 150:6
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!
In other words, Job kept counting!

In order for you to keep counting, you have to be able to understand how to count. To be able to
understand how to count, you must first have understanding. To get understanding, you have to simply
ask God. The thing about all of this is He is willing to give it to you. Look what it says in verse 5:
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
Well, if you’re asking yourself, “how do I ask God for wisdom?”, let me direct your attention to
1Thessolonians 5:17:
17 pray without ceasing,

That’s all you need to do. Pray and keep counting