Smiling through trials? Really James?
Hello and HAPPY Thursday!
So, where do we begin this evening? How about with an area that we all face, which is trials and temptations?
Have you ever wondered why James wrote to the Christians telling them to count it all joy when ye fall into various temptations? I think that its an area that we all struggle with, especially when we experience loss or hurt, or having to watch those that we love suffer from an illness or a painful situation.
Let us take a look at what James means, shall we?
In the book of James, he is writing to the persecuted Christians who were once part of the Jerusalem church. To the twelve tribes which were scattered aboard.
V2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers (various) temptations (trials or testing).
3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
4 But let patience have her perfect work (full effect), that ye may be perfect and entire (mature and complete), wanting nothing.
Try making any sense out of that when you’re hurting and waiting for a breakthrough to come, right?
Hold on, take a look.
The word temptation as used here refers to trials or testing. It does not mean an enticement to do evil. While God tests us, he never provokes us to sin.
James doesn’t say if we face trails, but when we face them. He assumes we will have trials and that it is possible to profit from them. We are not required to pretend to be happy when we face pain, but to have a positive outlook because of the results trials will bring. James tells us that to turn our hardships into times of learning. Rough times can teach us patience.
We can’t really know the depth of our character until we see how we react under pressure. It is easy to be kind when everything is going well, but can we still be kind when others are treating us unfairly?
God desires to make us mature and complete (“perfect“), not to keep us from pain.
Instead of us complaining about our struggles, we should see them as opportunities for growth.
Thank God for promising to be with you in rough times. Ask Him to help you solve your problems or give you the strength to endure them.
We are told to be patient; God will not leave us alone with our problems; He will stay close by and help us grow.
We’ve heard it before, and it is hard but this is our instructions from Gods Word, and there isn’t anything else that’s going to compare to what He wants for us, which is for us to count it all joy!
So, remember as we are going through our hurts, waiting periods, and disappointments, God has a plan for our lives and knows why He allows what He allows.
So let’s do our absolute best to adjust our attitude and seek Him to help us in the midst of the trials.