God Works Through Trials (James 1:1-13)
As I journey through beloved in the Lord there is a reason for everything under the sun and a purpose for the time we spend here on this earth. Brothers and sisters in Christ take a little time to reflect and see the benefits that God gives us at the end of these trials.
As I have reflected over the events of the past few days and months I was drawn to the first chapter of James. In th this barren land singing as I go, pointing souls to Calvary through this crimson flood. My he first 13 verses we are given some understanding of the purpose of trials that come our way.
The good that has come from trials.
So this passage speaks to us to help us in our time of trial when we need understanding and comfort. And yet in a real way I have also thought that the life of our friend and loved one actually was a living example of this passage:
Often times it takes a loved one who departed this life to demonstrate before us the reality of this portion of God’s Word. I shall never be able to read these verses without thinking of (Name) and how their life reflected this passage.
So for a few minutes, think with me as we look into God’s Word. (Read verses 2-4) The Lord would first of all have us know that there is. . .
Purpose in Trials
1. When difficult times come into our lives and we find ourselves unable to comprehend or to understand; the enemy is quick to throw doubts and questions into our minds. Many times we take the doubts of the enemy over the word of God. O, for some selfish reason or purpose we grab the situation and run with it only to find out later that it wasn’t real.
2. We find ourselves questioning God’s goodness and God’s wisdom in allowing these things to happen. We question the very source of our existence and then we lay blame for some unknown reasons. Later we realized that there is no benefits it it and we drop it without notice. No, my brother and sister someone who ordained it saw what you did.
3. We may even be bitter and angry with God for allowing this to happen to us and wonder if He really understands. No one knows what I am going through because you are too selfish.Jesus knows all our trials and He will guide us to the end of time. Never doubt Him for He is always near to you when you call.
4. But God’s word confidently reminds us that God does understand . . . Yes do you know that or you have a different knowledge of who God really is. Take this as your reality check and make the adjustments. Things do not just happen haphazardly to the Christian. With no meaning or purpose. Everything was ordained of God to play out in our lives. Hallelujah
5. God is in control and as Paul reminds us no one or nothing can separate us from God’s love. Romans Chapter 8, even the most difficult of circumstances. If you are truly planted in Christ Jesus then nothing , I say to you that no man can hinder the work of the Lord in your life.
6. James reminds us that God wants us to trust Him in the trials of life. For as we trust Him in the trials God can use the difficult trial to mold us:So that we will be more like Jesus Christ our Saviour.
7. Isaiah the prophet said in trying to comprehend God’s ways: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts. Neither are your ways my ways, saith Jehovah. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)
8. God would have us trust Him in the difficult trials: For even though we cannot understand He loves us and He is in control. He will use this trial to help us grow spiritually and to help us mature and become more like Jesus Christ.
9. Trust Him! Keep your eyes on Him! And God will use even this trial for His glory. You have to believe God at His word and take every letter to be truth. Trust Him today and see His purpose play out in your life.
10. But James goes on to tell us that not only does Gold have purpose in trials, but also that God gives wisdom in trials. Hallelujah
I thank you for your patience and as we go through this day that God will continue to open our understanding to receive His words. However, you have to learn to trust Him in all your ways please acknowledge Him and let Him direst your paths.
Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg
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