“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, when you face trial of many kinds, because you know the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you can be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
“If anyone lacks wisdom, they should ask God who gives generously to all with fault and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not double, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not believe that 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 its scorching heat and withers the plants; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, a rich man fades away even as he goes about his business.”
“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 all who love him.”
Awesome! We are memorizing James 1 and it’s getting really challenging! With God, all things are possible! Here’s our next verse,
“When tempted, no one should say, ‘God is tempting me.’ For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone.”
When we sin, there is no one to blame but ourselves. Sometimes that’s a hard thing to admit – we’d like to blame anybody else…even God.
There is nothing evil in God, this temptation to sin does not come from him.
He sometimes tests our faith – that’s not the same thing. He tests us in order to grow us, to mold us, to help us persevere and become more wise. When he tests us, we can step up to the plate or we can disobey. It’s our choice.
Dear Father, We choose to grow and to persevere – please help us.