Sacred Spaces 386 – It’s at our finger tips (James, a practical guy)
2 July 2013
(This series will go over the next few weeks based on the very practical book of James. I hope you find these thoughts / posts helpful.)
JAMES 1: 2 – 11
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.
9 Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. 10 But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wild flower. 11 For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business.
Sometimes we have questions of God.
Sometimes we have hesitations about the church.
Sometimes the hurt and the upside-down ness of the world stops us moving forward in faith.
But following Jesus is often right at our fingertips.
James was a practical guy. He wrote a book of practical instruction and truth.
From this piece of scripture we learn:
It’s obvious – we will face trials in our lives. But press on. You will get through and in getting through you develop your own character. Now, that’s never a bad thing?
Need wisdom? Ask God, he is the Source of it anyway.
How is your asking of God? Do you ask with doubt? That verse is a challenge to our faith stance with God. Are we possible packed with doubt and hesitance when we ask God stuff? In doing that it shows our mistrust of God, right?
In verse 9 and 10; James the practical guy, puts it right out there: humility is the way; life is not about wealth!
Things / possessions of this world pass away. Have we not noticed that already? I never see a packed coffin, with a house thrown in, or a fancy watch; that all stays behind.
Friends, there is more…
“I am waved tossed in the ocean. Still you hear me when I’m calling” Casting Crowns