I have been spending some time reading the book of James over and over again the past few weeks. I have found it both interesting and challenging in my daily walk with Christ.
James 1:2-4 is a well known portion of scripture.
"Consider it pure joy my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."
Usually, I find that we stop right there......but take a look at verse 5 as James continues his thought in this letter.......he says,
"If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you."
I really love that!
We are not in this world all alone! Does anyone else start to feel all alone when you are facing something that is tough or even just unexpected? If you do, don't beat yourself up. Stop and spend some time in God's Word. It is far too easy to find yourself relying on your own wisdom and plan. We want to come up with the plan that seems like it will just get us out of the situation as quickly as possible so we are back to feeling comfortable and in control.
God's Word tells us that when we face trials we need to persevere, and to not stop, so that we can find ourselves mature and complete lacking nothing!! Let me say that again....so that we can find ourselves mature and complete lacking NOTHING!!!
We can't do that on our own, we need to make sure that we ask for the wisdom that can only come from our heavenly Father. He gives it freely, without finding fault!!