Monday, May 16, 2011

Keep your Head up: James 1:1-12

  I know that sometimes spirits get down and some of you are struggling with things that others can't even imagine.  I just want to encourage you with God's Word, after all, it is our foundation and authority.  In James 1:2-4 James tells his readers to count it joy when they go through trials.  Now I will be the first to admit that this is easier said than done.  He goes on to tell them that the trials bring endurance to make us complete.  He then goes on in verse 5 to tell them if they lack wisdom in the midst of the trials to go to God Who will give that wisdom generously.  It is okay to question God with the right questions;  What are you going to teach me through this Lord?  How can you use this for your glory?  He then goes on to say in verse 12 that the one who perseveres is blessed and will receive "the crown of life which is promised to those who love Him."  There are many applications that we can take away from this as we all go through trials.  My goal was not to be "preachy" but rather to build you all up.  I hope this is received in the spirit that I am typing it.  Remember that God values you so keep your hands to the plow as you do what God has for you.  Also know that it is through trials that He molds us to His image.  You never know how your example in the midst of a trial can impact others.

Grace and Peace