Our scripture reading for this morning is taken from the Book of James chapter 1 verses 5-11
This is a wonderful day to be on the land of the living and to sing the praises to Almighty God . Thanking Him for watching over us throughout the night and sparing our lives to see this day. My brothers and sisters learn to on your Jesus to take you throughout this day.
1. James recognizes that we may not always be able to see the purpose in trials or see the good that can come from trials. The important thing is to recognize what is taking place in the trial and the end results.
2. When we find ourselves unable to see the good and the purpose in trials we are to:
Keep on asking Him for wisdom. And our God who loves to give will respond so that we can see the good and the purpose in trials. In every thing that happens there is a lesson to learn and that is what James is ministering to his congregation. So I say to you this morning in learning get some wisdom.
3. Then James illustrates and says: That even a poor man has much good in his trial of poverty if he knows God, the owner of the universe. And a rich man through he lose everything can rejoice in the good of having learned not to place his faith in riches which quickly pass away.You will soon learn that a man passes and leave all his wealth behind, but with wisdom he could put that wealth to good use in his lifetime.
4. God has been very good to us in allowing us to see the good even in this difficult trial. For so much good has already come from this trial: As a church family we are growing spiritually and united together. As individuals we have seen faith in action and we have learned lessons we shall never forget. As we have seen people come to Jesus Christ through faith.
5. Yet in the days to come we will continue to need wisdom to see the purpose and the good in this trial.
James exhorts us to keep on asking God in faith for wisdom. And our generous loving God will give us the wisdom needed.
(But finally James reminds us that not only does God have a purpose in trials; and gives wisdom in trials but thirdly there is comfort in trials.)
Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg
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