“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1: 1-4
God does test our faith. Why? Because He wants us to trust Him. He wants us to learn to put everything at His feet and under His control. When your faith is tested, it’s not always easy to trust God but it can be a wonderful time of joy and growing in the Lord as James 1: 1-4 tells us. As effective Believers, we must learn how to trust God in difficult times. The Book of James is a great place to start as it tells us exactly how we should react and act when the difficulties of life come our way.
Consider It All Joy
This is easier said than done however, the Bible tells us we should and can consider our trials joy. If the Bible tells us to do it, then we must believe that God will make it possible for us to do it. He will not contradict His word. It may not be easy but with faith and growing in the Lord, it is possible.
When God tests our faith it produces in us endurance. Thus, the Bible says in James 1:1 that our endurance will make us complete and lacking in nothing. If we learn how to trust God and endure all of life’s hardships, then we will be made complete and Christ can use us in His Kingdom work.
“But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. James 1: 5-7
Ask God For Wisdom
James tells us that if we lack wisdom to simply ask for it. God gives generously when we are genuine in our asking. We ma not understand why we are facing certain trials and so God tells us to ask for wisdom. Not necessarily wisdom to know the “why” of the trial but wisdom to know how to handle it. Wisdom to know how God might want to use our trials and circumstances to minister to someone else. He knows our hearts and if we ask Him for wisdom. He will give it to us freely.
But, James also tells us that in the asking, we must have faith and cannot doubt. That is sometimes the challenge. We can easily take our needs to God. We can ask Him for guidance and wisdom but it’s something else entirely to leave our requests with Him and believe that He heard us and will answer. Having faith without doubt is a huge part of God’s answering our prayers. He plainly tells us in James 1: 7 & 8 that we should not expect to receive anything if we can’t trust Him to answer. He does not want us to be double-minded and unstable. He wants our total trust.
“Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him” James 1: 12
Keep On Keeping On
In James 1:12 we are told that we will be blessed if we persevere under trial. I can tell you through personal experience, that can be very difficult. But I can also tell you that it’s the only way to have peace during the hard times. Having perseverance also allows God to complete His work. Often times our lack of faith or feeling that we have to help God in a certain situation, only makes things worse. Or, hinders God from doing all that He wants to do. Not that He can’t do it for God is all powerful but remember, He wants us to trust Him. If we continuously loose faith or try to “fix” the problem ourselves, we will not be able to see Him at work. We will not experience Him. And ultimately if we continue in this behavior, we will not see the end result of what God had planned.
If you are a Believer, you must remember that no matter what we go through here on Earth, we will one day receive the crown of life which the Lord promised us. One day our trials will be over. There will be no more enduring or persevering. But while we are here, we will face those trials so it’s important that we learn how to face them. Jesus said in John 16: 33
“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”
In our trials, we must have faith and remember that Christ told us we would face certain trials and tribulations. But, He also reminded us that HE has overcome the world!! We will be with Jesus in eternity one day – sitting at His feet with no more trials. No more troubles. No more enduring or persevering. What a wonderful thought and something we should think on when we face life’s trials.
Take Heart – Be Encouraged
You can find scripture after scripture on how to face trials in this world. The Book of James is just one of them and a great place to start. I’ve listed just a few uplifting, encouraging scriptures that will help you when you’re going through trials of this life. Jot them down or save this site in your favorites so you can come back whenever you need and refer to them:
- Isaiah 41:13 “For I am the Lord your God, Who says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.’
- 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 “we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed”
- Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart. And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.”
- Philippians 4:12-13 “I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”
- Romans 8:28 “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
And my personal favorite – Joshua 1:9-10
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
God Is For Us
The Bible tells us that God is for us. He wants us to be happy, full of joy, full of faith and to trust Him. When we learn how to lay everything at His feet and allow Him to take control of every situation, we will be able to have that abundant life that Jesus speaks of. If God is for us, who can be against us?!
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and will keep it close by and refer to the next time you encounter one of life’s struggles. I pray you’ll learn how to have peace in God knowing that He is in control and He wants you to trust Him. Keep pressing on!