Saturday, March 8, 2014

Why do trials come?

Read James 1:1-8

911 Memorial, NYC, Dawn M. Hamsher, 2012

I’ve been studying the book of James in the Bible and it talks about trials and how we are supposed to consider trials -- “joy”.  Not that we are happy or joyful when have to go through them, but we should look to the hope and joy that will come at the end of the trial or sometime in the future.

According to James, trials are needed to:
*Build perseverance and endurance
*As we work on perseverance and endurance, we grow more spiritually mature

What can help us during the trials?
*drawing close to God
*Asking God for wisdom
*Believing and trusting whole-heartedly in God

Are you going through a trial right now? How can looking to future joy help?

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