Posted by: Larry Hoekman | October 2, 2018

James — Hope Through Purpose!

Day 3174: Off on vacation, so doing repost of James from 2012!

Scripture: “This letter is from James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to Jewish Christians scattered everywhere and to me.  Greetings!  When I encounter various trials and temptations, I should be joyful; for when my faith is so tested, the purpose is that my patience and endurance will grow.  I need to let my patience and endurance develop until I become a mature follower of Christ, and then I will be complete and ready for anything.  But if I don’t understand how to do this, I can ask God for wisdom.  He will gladly give it to me without holding anything back.”  James 1:1-5

Thoughts/questions:  Every athlete knows that when there is a well-defined purpose to what someone is going through, extraordinary things can be accomplished.  Our faith is similar to a muscle, which is broken down through exertion and resistance, only to grow stronger when the effort is over.

Difficulties happen – these verses start with the assumption that it is not ‘if’, but ‘when’ they will arise. Real wisdom comes from knowing that the God of the universe has a specific plan for everything we encounter, and that He will be there to carry us through and bring about His purpose for us.

God tells us that our purpose is for us to become complete in Him and ready for anything this life might throw at us.  Whether our difficulties be relationships, job issues, school, finances, whatever; we can have total confidence knowing that EVERYTHING has a purpose and NOTHING can ever overwhelm us as we rely on God in every situation!

Suggested Prayer:  Lord, with Your help, I will strive to be joyful when going through trials and temptations . . .

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