A friend shared this scripture with me during my cold, dark January:
“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations” (James 1:2)
Divers=”many” Temptations in the Greek translation=”afflictions”
Count it all “joy” when you’ve fallen upon many afflictions????
Some afflictions are self-created, some are created by the free agency and choices of others, and some just plain HAPPEN.
The ones that just plain happen hold great potential to catapult us into spiritual maturity. Why? Because they are not created by the arm of flesh, they are generated as divine tutorials under the omniscient micromanagement of heaven.