1James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations:Greetings. 2Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.
Chances are you've faced some kind of trial, temptation, or opposition lately. Maybe even today. We all know #TheStruggleIsReal.
I believe there are countless Christians who mistake a brutal test in their lives for a broken trust from God. But it was never God’s trust that needed to be earned to begin with. It was ours. We are fickle. God is faithful. When we observe our situations, it might only appear as chaos and nonsense - but God offers another perspective & the opportunity to find purpose in your pain.
James offers us as followers of Christ, a new perspective in the midst of our problems. He presents some tools we can use to go from victims to victors. When facing trials we must…
Choose joy with an understanding mind, a surrendered will, and a trustful heart.
When you’re up against a storm you fear you can’t steer through, JUST TRUST. That’s all God truly desires - our trust. When life gets turbulent you don’t need to panic or make demands of God. Remain seated and listen to God’s voice because He’s the pilot he knows how to fly the plane.
The struggle is real, but so is my Savior.
God doesn't save us and move on. He loves us as we are, but doesn't leave us as we are.
He is shaping us, maturing us, strengthening us, and taking us places.
“Not everyone who grows old, grows up. There is a difference between age and maturity.”
What areas of my faith have I matured in? Have I matured in my relationship with God?
“The reason faith increases from what we hear is that what we hear changes the focus of what we see.”
How can I increase my faith in my life?
“Our values determine our evaluations.”
What do I value and how does that impact my experience with trials?
Can you really be trusted if you've never been tested??
What have I experienced that’s put my faith to the test?