Trials and Temptations

James1:2-3 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

Greetings!! For the day……

Today we will understand what the Bible teaches for Trials and Temptations, as our faith in Christ grows, henceforth the Bible refers to joy as a contentment in Christ. It means we should be confidently rooted in Christ.

Hence our faith is believing that the promise of God that we cannot yet see and feel as reality will stand true as he promised. So, it means all our confidence comes from belonging to him and not depending on our own effort or resources.

My friends everyone experiences trials, like facing poverty and persecution, but the book of James states this as “trials of various kinds”. However, James write a demanding thing to suffering people to respond to troubles, regardless of size, as those experiences as “joy”. So, James tells us to “call it” joyful. Hence we must we categorize that moment when assessing our entire life.

Well! Well! Well!…….

We cannot control our circumstances, but we can, apparently, control how we think about our circumstances. When bad things happen, we immediately say, “This is terrible, “This is a bad day” or “My life is going wrong” and “Why did this happen to me?” instead  we can say to ourselves, “This is a bad thing, but I will get through it. I will learn and be stronger. I will call the growth and strength worth rejoicing over, even while it hurts.”

Our faith in Christ teaches us to be joyful under troubles- such exercises are sent from God’s love; and trials in the way of duty will brighten our graces.  In times of trial, patience, and not passion, is set to work in us.

So, my friends, the first argument, our faith is tried through afflictions: which ought to be most pure, Martin Luther knew and taught exactly what the book of James teaches. Faith is tested through trials, not produced by trials. Trials reveal what faith we have; not because God doesn’t know how much faith we have, but so that our faith will be evident to ourselves and to all around us.

Trials bring a necessary season to seek wisdom from God. We often don’t know we need wisdom until our time of difficulty. Therefore, it is said that knowledge is the ability to take things apart, but wisdom is the ability to put things together.

Like once, Alexander the Great gave a poor man a city; and when he modestly refused it as too great for him, Alexander answered, “Non quaero quid te accipere deceat, sed quid me dare, The business is not what thou are fit to receive, but what it becometh me to give.” 

God does indeed give liberally. He gives according to his excellent greatness

Amen