James 1: 2-5: ” My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect, complete, lacking nothing. 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.” I don’t know that I share the enthusiasm for “various trails” the author of this book does, however, I do know from experience he is correct in what he says! Trails, conflicts, trouble, suffering are all common to mankind including Christians. The difference for us is we consider the trial as opportunities. Trials and troubles are a tool which refines and purifies our faith, producing patience and endurance. When a believer endures a trial, he or she will be made “perfect” meaning ‘having reached the end’, and ‘complete’ meaning whole. The wisdom God gives is not necessarily information on how to get out of trouble but rather insight on how to learn from one’s difficulties; and the comfort that God controls all circumstances, guiding them to His good purposes.


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