Going over my lesson plans in 2014 I came across some notes on the book of James. The author emphasized how God has been patient with us for thousands of years. And sometimes we can go through hardships that are like those the people of Israel had when they journeyed in the wilderness.
In Deuteronomy 8:15 we read: “He led you through the vast and dreadful wilderness, that thirsty and waterless land, with its venomous snakes and scorpions. He brought you water out of hard rock.”
Why does God put us in the wilderness? So that we can see what’s in our hearts.
The author of the book of James starts saying that “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds” (James 1:2). Does he really mean that? Is he making a mistake? Has he been drinking? What drug is he on?
It takes supernatural revelation in the midst of trials to reveal our needs.
In the book of James we are admonished (I like this word), to consider trials pure joy. Why? Is it because we must suffer in order to pay for our sins or for our ancestors sins? Is it to appease angry gods?
Hardships will help us develop spiritual stamina. In Luke 2:52 we read: “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.” – growing up Jesus most certainly didn’t have it easy but he grew physically, mentally and spiritually.
God wants us to stop going round the same mountain.
We were never promised to always have smooth, sunny days. Storms will come. Let us learn to grow with and despite our trials.