Why Do Trials Overwhelm Us?
June 7, 2009
INTRODUCTION: James taught us in verses 2-4 that trials are used by God to build perseverance and maturity. However, he now calls our attention to something most of us lack when going through trials. It seems so difficult at times to get God's perspective on what's happening to us.
"My life is but a weaving,
between my Lord and me;
I cannot choose the colours,
He worketh steadily.
Oft times He weaveth sorrow
and I in foolish pride,
Forget He sees the upper
and I the under side.
Not till the loom is silent
and the shuttles cease to fly,
Shall God unroll the canvas
and explain the reason why.
The dark threads are as needful
in the Weaver's skillful hand,
As the threads of gold and silver,
in the pattern He has planned.
This old poem correctly expresses the truth that in this life we will never fully understand the particular blending of joys and woes in our lives because we see only the underside of the tapestry. Only when death stills the loom and we stand before God will He turn the canvas over and allow us, to our eternal delight, to see what He has done.
I must confess, there are times I go through in a particular trial and find it very difficult to believe it is for my benefit. It is not so difficult to be a pastor assuring the hurting that they are being matured and to "hang tough." But it is another thing when I am the one being tested.
James, who was no armchair general, understood this, therefore, he instructs those who are suffering to get the wisdom necessary to plow victoriously through life's trials.
I love the book of James because it instructs you to deal with life's most reoccurring issues. Through these 5 chapters James will deal with an array of problems such as impatience in difficulties (my wife says there is a flower named after me), members who talk one thing and walk another, some who could not control their tongues, catering to the rich, e ...
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