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Endurance In Trials

Weekly Devotionals

Endurance In Trials

1James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion:

Greetings.

2 My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, 3because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; 4and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing.

5 If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you. 6But ask in faith, never doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind; 7, 8for the doubter, being double-minded and unstable in every way, must not expect to receive anything from the Lord.

9 Let the believer who is lowly boast in being raised up, 10and the rich in being brought low, because the rich will disappear like a flower in the field. 11For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the field; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. It is the same with the rich; in the midst of a busy life, they will wither away.

12 Blessed is anyone who endures temptation. Such a one has stood the test and will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

Personally, the questions associated with suffering have always been the toughest on my faith as a Christian, not only from an intellectual perspective, but from a personal standpoint as well.   Trying to reason through the problem of suffering can easily turn into boring platitudes as pat answers to tough questions can be downright discouraging.  Let’s be honest, suffering hits the mind AND heart and they can hit the heart hard when we’re going through some sort of trial or difficulty.  Certainly, James has a telling word for us when it comes to life’s struggles as suffering was an ever present threat to a number of early Christian communities.  My hope and prayer is that as you study and ponder of James 1:1-12, you’ll find the strength and endurance that James speaks of.  And if you struggle to find peace in James’ exhortations, please know that you have a community and family in Jubilee who is willing to walk with the wounded and ready to venture towards being “mature and complete” (v.4) with you.

To end, I want to leave you with a story I came across on Upworthy about a high school Physics teacher who has taught countless students about the joy and maturity that James teaches.  Here is the link to the video: http://tinyurl.com/l95zrmk

Peace.