The book of James gives guidance that is hard to ignore. It has more than fifty direct commands in just five chapters. James is warning Christians of their behavior because most of them where doing what pleases them, knowing that God will forgive them.
This book is about putting our Christianity into action. It teaches us how to handle temptation, tests and troubles. It helps us understand the connection between what we believe and what we should do. And most importantly, it helps us witness the blessings of letting God be in charge of our lives.
In the coming weeks I will be focusing on specific parts of the book of James. For now, let’s look at James 1: 1 – 3
My brothers and sisters, consider yourselves fortunate when all kinds of trials and tribulations come your way, for that when your faith succeeds in facing such trials, the result is the ability to endure. James 1: 1-3
I personally can relate to this passage of scripture and I am sure that most of you, my fellow sisters, can as well. As women of God, we will face trials and tribulations! Every day won’t be perfect. There will be times when we will want to give up and quit, but the book of James admonishes us to consider ourselves fortunate when hardship comes our way.
My brother and I were raised by a single parent, a very strong woman at that. Our mother was our everything, our doctor, teacher, dentist, lawyer, dermatologist and many other roles. However, I was never aware of how she was willing to keep going and possess the patience that such roles required. It is only now that I realize that my mother possessed a joy that only God could give her. Yes, the trials and tribulations came – but she put her trust in a source that was bigger than her – God.
Today, I glean off of the same tenacity of my mother – but in my own way. I, too, want to COUNT IT ALL JOY when life seems to be “out of control.” Sometimes I find myself dancing before the Lord as I get lost in the moment of praise and worship. The physical movement helps me rid my body of negative energy, while the spiritual focus helps me keep my mind stayed on where it needs to be – Jesus Christ. I let the tears fall and I dance and dance. It’s just me and God. He is with me and I am certain that my trials will not destroy me.
How do you deal with trials and temptation? I would love to hear from you in the comments section below.