Good morning, (thank you all for praying for me, doing much better)
Thought for today
“Count it all joy, my brethren, when you meet various trials…” ( James 1:2) James assumes he is writing to people who are struggling. The word “various” in the Greek means whatever trials, it is meant to convey the sense of including all manner of trials, large and small. Because these are probably Jewish Christians whom have fled from their homes, they are likely dealing with all the trials that one has in a new land, amongst strangers. But James does not want to restrict his words to any particular situation. He is saying that they are to count all of their trials as joy. We are to account for all our struggles in the same manner. They may seem very different from one another. We may see someone else in a very difficult time and think that we have nothing in common with them. Or we may be facing the biggest trial of our lives and feel no one can understand what we are going through. But James says that all trials can be understood to be the “testing of our faith”. The word “testing” here does not mean that God has us go through trials to examine our faith and see if it is of passing grade. Testing here is the word used for testing metals, where you test in order to remove impurities so that the finished metal is stronger. When we go through trials, we can exercise our trust in God, and in that way can find Him trustworthy. And if we hand the trial, whatever it is, over to God (and we may hand it over again and again) we find that yes, He is real and present and active in our lives. We can see more clearly who He is and what He is up to so that we trust Him to do that very thing that He desires to do in and through us. When we go through a trial but do not choose to trust, We have a more difficult time seeing what difference He really makes.
Lord God, thank You for the words of James and the encouragement that come through them. Thank You that even in the most difficult of trials, You have promised a way through and out. How I look forward to the day when this life will be pure gold and ready for Your Kingdom. This is my prayer in Jesus name,
“For behold, He who forms mountains and creates the wind And declares to man what are His thoughts, He who makes dawn into darkness And treads on the high places of the earth, The LORD God of hosts is His name.” Amos 4:13