James- Day 1

Devotion for Monday, August 29th, 2011

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing

James tells his reader to count it as joy when we fall into “divers temptations” (various trials).  That sounds crazy right.  Be joyful about the fact that I’m going through difficult circumstances?  That seems a little weird.  But James gives a good reason for this statement.  He says that when you go through trials, it exercises your faith and the result is patience.  When we go through difficult circumstances, it can help us learn how to endure and trust in God to get us through it.  The more we do that, the more able we are to handle what we go through.  Patience works in us so that we can be “perfect and entire, wanting nothing”.  This is another way of saying that we’ll be complete!  Our character will grow to be what God wants us to be.

I think this song explains this principle pretty well…
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Application:
Sometimes we think of difficult circumstances as whole seasons of life, and they certain can be that.  But we go through things that we may not like on a regular basis.  Today, when you get frustrated, aggravated, hurt, or offended remember to “count it joy” and think about how your circumstance can help you trust God more.