James 1:2-4, 12-15
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, 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 mature and complete, not lacking anything… 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 tempted, no one should say, โ€œGod is tempting me.โ€ For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

James was Jesus’ younger brother and wrote the first epistle of the new testament. Of the many topics in today’s chapter, trials caught my eye as it is a reality we live with and it is what shakes our faith and tests us. In the last few weeks, my family and I have been enduring a lot because of moving homes, additional work assignments and other commitments. This has put a strain on our relationship, brought stress in abundance and caused us to behave in ways we would not consider normal. It is natural to wonder why God would throw all this in our face at the same time and put us through such a trying time and then God speaks through His word saying that we should consider it pure joy to face trials! What is God saying to us today and what is the point if our faith is going to cause us to only suffer?

Challenges are a part of our lives, whether as believers or non-believers. Our response to these challenges reveals our faith. If every time we are faced with a challenging situation and we are crest fallen and accept it as ‘karma’, we will never deal with it right. When we follow Jesus, we can ask God for wisdom and He gives us generously. With this wisdom, we can understand our challenges and face them with the right attitude. This is a test of faith and it develops perseverance which is vital to our maturity in our relationship with God. There is blessing in persevering under life’s trials and that is the crown of life God has promised us if we put our trust in Jesus. However, when we are faced with the lure of sin, we should never consider it as a test from God because God does not tempt anyone, the Devil does. We need to fight evil desires and that is only possible by running away from its lure. Ask me, the veteran sinner who has lived a life of sin and is now slowly overcoming it by the grace of God. Lets accept the reality of trials in our lives and show the world that our God is bigger than our storms!

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord

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Comments
  1. Vineet, Thanks for this timely reminder. I absolutely needed this today! It will be a trying day, but I need to keep in mind the attitude God will help me to exhibit today. Peace, Linda

    • ServantBoy says:

      Linda,
      Thank you for showing that the realities of life will not take away your peace because Jesus lives in your heart and mind and that is such a testimony. Praying for you that you had a blessed day yesterday and today too! Thanks for the comment.
      Blessings,
      Vineet

  2. Debbie says:

    I know it’s hard to count trials as joy! But it does get easier to figure out what’s going on and that it is a normal part of the Christian life as we continue with Him. The joy part comes as we go to Him in these trials and find out what He wants to share with us and show us, and how He’s going to see us through it. Great post, Vineet! Thank you! deb

    • ServantBoy says:

      Debbie,
      Reaction vs response is the human way of dealing with tough situations but we don’t need to operate with human responses that may be broken. We have God to rely on and trust in to take us through challenging situations and there is always blessing in trials. The outcome of two trying weeks between my wife and I was to have a real hard discussion about what took place and to find that beautiful place of understanding that couples share. God is the glue that holds us together and the elastic that gives us room to be ourselves and accommodate each other ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you again for your loving and thoughtful comment.
      Blessings,
      Vineet

  3. Debbie says:

    Oh Vineet . . . I love that part of Him being the elastic between us and the glue to keep us together. That was beautiful. And very poetic! ๐Ÿ™‚ As I wrote that above reply, I wasn’t thinking of what you had been through personally . . .sorry! Was thinking of others maybe outside peeking in. God bless you and keep you in the center of His will! deb

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