“With great joy, my brethren, receive when you fall into various temptations, knowing that the test of your faith produces patience; but patience must have a perfect effect, so that you are perfect in all its fullness, without any defect. ” James 1:2-4
The Apostle James wrote an instruction for all believers, for all time, that if we find ourselves in difficult situations, then joy should be in our hearts and this joy will help us get through it all! Our joy comes from the fact that we know that God is with us and His Hand is to help us! The joy that everything that happens is under the constant control of the Heavenly Father and everything will be for our benefit and to the glory of the Lord!
If suddenly there is no strength and no wisdom in these situations, then it is necessary to ask the Lord for wisdom and strength and Apostle James also writes about this.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives freely to all and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5
We ask and we receive and be sure to ask with faith, since one must come to God with faith and then there will be success!
“But let him ask in faith, not at all doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. Let not such a person think of receiving anything from the Lord. A man with double thoughts is not firm in all his ways.” James 1:6-8
May we have firm faith, without doubt or hesitation! Doubts bring torment into our lives, but the Lord gave the Holy Spirit and there is no doubt in Him, there is firm faith and unceasing thanksgiving!
Shalom everyone! Peace and joy, wisdom and patience! Blessings!
Pastor Ella Armand.