“My brethren, deem ye all joy [guess ye all joy], when ye fall into diverse temptations, witting, that the proving of your faith worketh patience.”
Consider that temptations prove your faith; and faith works out your patience. After all, with trials and temptations surrounding you, you must remain patient while waiting for your better country. As you anticipate finding your place in God’s house, remember Jesus “is able to save to the uttermost [you who] come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for [you].” (Hebrews 7:25, KJV)
With your eternal hope firmly in mind, facing temptations as if they are moments of joy isn’t quite as absurd as it might sound. These temptations, especially when overcome, lead you to a state of patience.
“Let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, lacking nothing.” (James 1:4, KJV)
“Lacking nothing”, “perfect and entire” — what a description of the Christian life. Yet, James acknowledges the Christian has trials, temptations, sufferings in this world. Rather than bemoan their presence, the Christian is called to deem — guess — decide — these are joys.