Read: James 1:1-4 Memorize: James 1:2-4 Pastor Josh August 20-26 2015
The first things James mentions to open this book is about testing or trials. We all go through times of testing and trial. But what do trials do? What is the purpose of trials and testing's in our life? James answers these questions in verse 3, "Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience."
First let's talk about the reason for trials. He says that the trials are trying your faith. This is what God does to His children. He tests us to see how strong our faith really is. It's like with the life of Job, he had everything that he could ever want, wealth, possessions, family, yet God allowed testing upon His life to try him and see if he would stand strong or fall. What do we typically do when trials come or way? No one likes being in a trial or when hard times come our way. But James says to "count it all joy", how can we count it joy when trouble comes our way? The joy he is talking about is the joy that comes from drawing closer to God through the trials that we face. Trials are meant to be a time when our faith in God is tested and should bring us closer to him, but many times we run the other way trying to avoid the pain. Face your trials head on, don't shrink from God, run to Him and He can bring you joy.
What is the outcome of the trial or the end result? "That the trying of your faith worketh patience." Oh, that is a dirty word, patience. Not something a lot of us are good at. Being patient and waiting is not fun. Especially in a trial when all we want to see is the end of the trial. This is the hardest part for most of us, being patient and letting God work. Job waited patiently through his trial and what was the outcome? He had more possessions than he had before, more children, and more wealth. He waited patiently for the Lord to work out his trial. How patient are you? God wants what is best for us. It may not seem that way as you are going through the trial, but James says in verse 4, "But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing." In other words, let God work in your life, run to Him for help through this trial, and in the end, you will be complete. He will bless you and you will have need of nothing. Run to God today, He is waiting with open arms to bring you comfort during the trial you are in.