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  • Trials, Steadfastness, Faith, Wisdom

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  • 2016-07-01   [야고보서(James) 1:1 - 1:11]


    James teaches the suffering Christians about the right attitude when facing trials, and suggests a prayer of faith to overcome such trials.

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  • 1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greetings.
    2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,
    3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.
    4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
    5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
    6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.
    7 For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;
    8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
    9 Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation,
    10 and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass he will pass away.
    11 For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.
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Thinking & Understanding
Generally, people tend to despair or complain when facing difficulties, but James contrarily tells us to be joyful during times of testing. This is because testing times are the perfect opportunity to develop steadfastness. However, in order to realise this truth and overcome the trials, we need wisdom. Thankfully, God promises to give wisdom to those who seek it. We must not doubt this truth, but ask in faith (vv. 1-8). For example, money can be a trial, whether we are rich or poor. To overcome this trial, we must realise that the possessions of this world are temporary, like the grass and flowers, but we can only receive this wisdom through prayer (vv. 9-11).

Who is God?
V. 5 When God sees his children seeking the reason why he gave them such suffering, rather than praying for the pain to be lifted from them, he will be glad and respond to their prayers.

What lesson is God teaching me?
Vv. 5-8 We must ask for wisdom to see our pain from God’s eternal perspective. We cannot understand the mystery of pain through the calculations of our shortsighted minds, but must ask God for wisdom, with faith that he will answer. Such is the prayer that appreciates God, the heart that acknowledges God’s sovereignty, and the attitude that trusts in God’s power.

Prayer
As our suffering increases, God, help us to pray more earnestly for wisdom.