How to Shout When You Want to Pout!
Marvin D. Patterson
How would you like to be able to follow Jesus around for one week and observe how that He handles the problems of life? For one month, or one year, or for 20 plus years. James the half brother of Jesus does just that. James was the leader of the church at Jerusalem, and He has grown up watching Jesus. He relays what He has learned to us in this passage about temptations, trials, problems, and how we can handle them.
Maybe you have had a terrible week with many problems, or a good week with no problems, you will need this message either today, or you may need to file it away for the future. The good news is you can profit from your problems.
1-Expect problems to come -- Verse 2
James drops a bombshell here at the beginning of the letter and says to rejoice when temptations come your way.
"When" It's not if, but when, problems will come to the rich and to the poor, to the young and to the old, to the male and to the female. Jesus said, "In the world ye shall have tribulation, but cheer up, I've overcome the world." John 16:33.
The Bible says in Job 5:7, "Man is born to trouble, as the sparks fly upward." Just as surely as weeds grow in gardens, and thorns grow on roses, you are going to have trouble.
They come in "divers" or different ways. The word is "Multicolored" or in our language Baskin Robbins 31 flavors. Have you ever tried to match up paint? That can be very difficult. That is the way trials come our way. Trials can be physical, financial, or relational. Someone said, "Into every life some rain must fall, but this is ridiculous."
Trials are unexpected. When you "fall." That is the same word as used in the story of the Good Samaritan. He fell among thieves. You cannot predict when trials are going to come.
We go from problem to problem in life, therefore, we must learn to enjoy life in the midst of problems!
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