“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. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 2:2-4
An Army Chaplain had a sign on his door that said, “If you have troubles, come and tell me about them. If you don’t have troubles, come in and tell me how you do it!! Everyone who lives in this world endures some measure of trouble. That is the consequence of the Fall, the natural result of sinful human nature and of a world and society corrupted by iniquity. Job’s friend Eliphaz well understood that truth, “for man is born for trouble, as sparks fly upward” (5:7). Job replied to a friend, “Man who is born of woman, short-lived and full of turmoil” (14:1). David cried out, “be not far from me for trouble is near” (Ps.22:11). Isaiah declared, “look to the earth, and behold, distress and darkness, the gloom and anguish” (Is.8:22). God’s own children are not exempt from trouble, and there will be trouble related even to the best of things that He gives us. In marriage and family, trouble is inevitable (1Cor.7:8). Jesus assured his own disciples that “in this world, you will have tribulation” (Jn.16:33). Paul was afflicted in every way (2Cor. 4:8). We can expect trouble in our job, school, society, and church. We know that we cannot escape criticism, frustration, disappointment, pain, disease, injury and eventually death. FF Bruce comments, “Christians can expect trouble because of their faith. James’ major emphasis in this text and in the entire letter is that if a person’s faith is genuine, it will prove itself during times of trouble, whatever the nature or source of
This morning, pray for God to meet you in the midst of your troubles. Take your troubles and roll them over onto Jesus this morning. Pray for perseverance this morning. Pray for family and friends that need God in the midst of their troubles. Pray for joy, don’t miss the joy in the midst of the troubles!!