Facing the Trials of Life
Series: James - Ancient Wisdom for a Modern World
Dan R. Hill
We are beginning a study in the Book of James this weekend, and I am really excited about it. I doubt if there is a more relevant message to us than what James, the brother of Jesus is going to say to us. The truths that we are going to look at are timeless and so totally practical for us in the 21st century. So let's dig in!
TEXT: James 1:2-6
Now here is the question: How are you facing life's trials and testing times? It may be those little irritations that come every day and try your patience, or it may be the great tragedies that come and try your soul. It may be the things that spoil your plans for a day, or it may be those plans you have been making for a lifetime that get devastated.
All of us have distinctive ways that we deal with trials.
1. Some of us face those tough times with a sense of escape; we just want them to go away! And the world we live in offers so many different ways for us to, temporarily at least, have a sense of running away from it all. Even David, the man after God's own heart said one time, "If only I had wings like a dove then I would fly away from all this."
2. Some of us react to trials with denial. When asked how we are doing, we respond the same shallow, false way we have always responded, "Fine, just fine."
3. Then there are those of us that deal with trials with an empty optimism saying, "It's going to be alright." And it sounds like we are more trying to convince ourselves than others. It is kind of like that fellow that every time they would ask people to share their favorite verse of scripture he would say, "Well, I guess mine is that one over in the Old Testament that says, 'Grin and bear it.'"
4. Then all of us know those who react with the same old response every time. They sing their regular Monday morning anthem in a four-part, minor key, "Nobody knows the trouble I've seen!"
5. And how about ...
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