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September 29, 2014

Wisdom for the Trials of Life

James 1

At first glance, today's passage on wisdom doesn't seem related to the subject of trials, but James is actually continuing His thoughts from the previous three verses (vs. 2-4). We need wisdom to know how to respond to suffering. This means we should see trials from the Lord's viewpoint and understand His purposes in allowing them in our lives.

If you want to profit from struggles, be sustained in them, and come through with joy and victory, you must be persuaded of the following truths:

  1. God is in full control of the timing and intensity of your trial and will not allow it to go beyond His boundaries.
  2. He has a specific purpose for your suffering which you may not understand until it is over.
  3. This trial will prove to be profitable if you submit to God and trust Him through it.
  4. Trying situations are opportunities for faith to prove genuine and grow stronger.
  5. When you endure extreme pressure with unexplainable peace and joy, the Lord will demonstrate His sustaining power to a watching world.
  6. Your difficulties are used by the Father to produce Christ-like character.
  7. God will walk with you through all trials.
  8. The Holy Spirit will enable you not only to survive but also to come out a conqueror.
If you believe all these principles, they will shape how you respond to difficulties in your life. This perspective eliminates the negative reactions normally elicited by trials and makes supernatural responses possible. Instead of feeling miserable and hopeless, you'll experience amazing peace and joy.

Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.

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