Understanding and Overcoming Trials. The Epistle of James Dwight D. Eisenhower is quoted as saying, “An ‘intellectual’ is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell you more than he knows.” The Lord’s brother was not an ‘intellectual.’
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To help us see the simple practicality of these verses, we’re going to concentrate mainly on the verbs, since they convey the command (action required) on our part:
v.4, “let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”
Now think about this: What does “let” mean? It does not mean “to make happen,” does it?
“Let” means “to allow to happen”! If we understandthat trials are “occasions for joy” if we “consider” them so because we “know” that “the testing of our faith produces endurance,” then we can (let go and) “let” God“perfect and complete” us through endurance (steadfastness). We don’t mature by God removing “trials” for us- we mature by having the right attitude about them and remaining steadfastly obedient through them! 2Cor.12:7-10
Not sure you’re spiritually smart enough to think, feel, and do this? God thought we might think this way, so…
v.5, “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”
If a Christian has his heart right, there is no excuse for lacking sufficient wisdom to “consider” trials occasions for joy by “knowing” that they will perfect and mature him if he will “let” them! Why?
Because God promised exactly the “wisdom” necessary, and more, for these things if we will just have a humble and desiring heart enough to ask!
v.6, “But let him ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.”
While the highlighted portion is not a verb this time, it is a predicate (adverbial) clause which modifies the verb by requiring that the “asking” be done in this way.
Simply put: The only requirement God makes of us in all of this is that we trust Him implicitly, vv.7-8.
He will generously give us the wisdom necessary to understand and feel the right way about trials, which in turn allows us to act the right way in trials, if we just ask for that wisdom in full trust that He will provide it! Now, isn’t that simple?