The Darkest Hour
May 31, 2009
INTRODUCTION: This passage is pregnant with truth. Each verse is simply loaded with truth that builds and blesses. James, realizing many of his former church members were now scattered all through the regions of Jerusalem, and knowing that persecutions and trials awaited them there, writes from his heart words of instruction as well as encouragement.
He speaks of joy, faith, and patience. Listen to the 3-fold ring of these three verses: counting, knowing, and letting; various trials, testing of your faith, perfect work; my brethren, your faith, you may; fall, testing and lacking; personal, possessive, prospective (possible); you, your, you. The question seems to ask, "Can Good Come Out of Trials?" He uses descriptive words such as Evaluation, Production, Cooperation, Completion.
When a believer responds to trials in the context of this truth, note what can better be said of you:
2 Thessalonians 1:3-4, "We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other, so that we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure"
This reminds us that in trials your faith can be greatly enlarged. Also, you can experience the steadfastness of Christ.
2 Thessalonians 3:1-5, "Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you, and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for not all have faith.
But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one. And we have confidence in the Lord concerning you, both that you do and will do the things we command you. Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ."
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