DO YOU EVER FEEL LIKE A DUMMY?
JAMES 1: 5 - 8
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JESUS CHRIST is spoken of as supplying ALL of our needs
according to His riches in glory.
My inventory of needs is likely as long or longer than yours.
Right up near the top of that need list is "wisdom." I need it
and am smart enough to know it. Do you realize a need for
If you answered "yes" that likely means you have some problems.
James, the inspired writer, might have opened chapter 1 with
verse 5. However, he knew that before we would have a desire
for wisdom, we had to recognize that we are confronted by trials
to great for us alone. A realization of problems and trials
brings about a recognition of a need for wisdom.
At a moment of such realization we can sing:
WHEN YOU ARE DOWN AND OUT
LIFT UP YOUR HEAD AND SHOUT - - -
"I'M DOWN AND OUT."
Having studied the first verses of this chapter recently, let's
review just a bit.
In verse 2 the expression "count it all joy when you fall into
various trials," is used. Trials are always unwanted,
unexpected, and undesirable. You always look around to see if
any one noticed, and there is always an audience. There is
usually some buff who says something cute like, "Did you have a
trip? I'll see you next fall."
Jesus forewarned us, "In this world you are going to have
tribulation..." We are slow learners and always seem surprised.
Because of the many problems and trials we have, the text states
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