2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. (James 1:2-8; NKJV)
In the margin of my bible for this section, I have the words “Prayer Attitude” meaning I should take a heavenly perspective and commit myself to talking to God about my problems and seek His way as I work through them.
If I have this perspective, I will find joy in my various trials. It does not alleviate the pain or the suffering but rather produces joy as I come through them closer and stronger in Jesus. As an athlete or a military trainee, there were a lot of times I dreaded going to exercise/training and didn’t feel that great during it. What I felt when I was done was worth it…accomplishment, strength, endurance, preparedness. It is the same in the exercise of our life. There is joy in being victorious with God. Endure through prayer.
Patience takes time. Have you ever said “I am going to start being more patient and I am going to start right now!” That isn’t how it works. As with the exercise, it takes time, repetition and learning. Be patient in prayer.
Applying God’s word to our lives through our trials and testing results in wisdom. Wisdom is the application of knowledge and what we need is God’s knowledge in our lives. We just have to ask in confidence and He will give us understanding and wisdom liberally because that is what He wants for us…that we ask, that He gives it, that we grow and draw nearer to Him. Seek wisdom in prayer.
All of this is founded on our faith in Him. Pray that God increase your faith.
In all of this, we pray that our faith will grow and we will hold fast to our Anchor…Jesus Christ…who is in heaven and will keep us despite the turbulence of our life. There is confidence in prayer and we can speak with a humble boldness and He will provide grace for the moment. Those moments strung together result in a life lived for Jesus that produces a patient joy as we look expectantly for His return and our homecoming.