“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be complete and mature, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives generously to all without fault, and it will be given to him.
“But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord: he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.”
The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position. But the one who is rich should take pride in his low position, because he will pass away like a wildflower. The sun rises with scorching heat and the plant withers; it’s blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, a rich man fades away even while he goes about his business.”
Wow! We are doing great at memorizing James 1! Keep it up! Here’s the next verse:
“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”
When we persevere in our faith through trials, we grow closer to God. We have victory over the trials and sufferings of this world.
Victory. A great word. An even better feeling of accomplishment. God gives us victory which helps us find meaning and purpose to our trials.
What a great way to show God we love him – by standing the test of the trials that come our way and remaining faithful. Obedient.
We love you, Abba Father.