The book of James has so much wisdom! I think I’m going to break down the first chapter in different blog posts. I wrote these during my fast from media.

Here is the first Scripture that jumped out at me.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] 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. James 1: 2-3

This is one of those Scriptures that makes you say…..”Gee, thanks James. Ugh.”

What I like about it is that James is trying to encourage us. We shouldn’t let the trails of life get us down, but that means we are doing something right!

We have to let those trials cause us to persevere through the junk, and keep moving forward.

To be totally honest, most people do not feel JOY when life is hard. It’s easy to get bogged down in the negative.

However, what he’s trying to tell us is, there are lessons to learn from the hard times.

If you are anything like me, and a little bit hard headed, sometimes you have to learn those lessons more than once. LOL

I can see God up there going, “Dang it, Jill. You didn’t learn your lesson the last time?” LOL

The negative makes you feel bad and causes you to want to lash out trying to figure out why you are dealing with something you’d rather not have to deal with.

But look at what verse 4 says… if we allow the hard times to mature us, and we learn the lesson we need to, that’s a good thing! We might not see it until we look back, but that’s ok. Because then we’ll know that God used that hard time for our good, just like He promises to do.

I need to pray and read the Bible when I’m going through something hard. (Which I ultimately do.) I’m a talker, so when something bothers me, I must talk about it until I get it out. The first person I need to be talking to is God.

Along these same lines, in verse 5 of James 1, he tells us, “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.”

God wants to help us made wise decisions. The good ones might just keep us out of trouble for a little while…. OR while we are struggling with something, the wisdom we get might help us handle things differently.

So, ask for wisdom! God will give it to you!

How do you handle life when it gets hard? I need to be thankful, but that’s just not easy to do.

God bless you today and always!