James 1:1, James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings. 2Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

1 Peter 1:6, In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire…

Hebrews 11:6, And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.

This weeks blogs looked at what James, the brother of Jesus, says about trials. So far he said our trials are INEVITABLE, they are PROBLEMATIC, and they are PARADOXICAL. If you missed any of those you can find them on my daily blog @ www.johnmarkcaton.com.  James also says that trials are BENEFICIAL! Yes, you read that right; James said our trials will actually benefit us some day. Read James 1:2, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” Trials benefit us by producing perseverance in our lives. It has been said that the greatest things ever done in history have not been done because someone was smart. Most of the time, major successes are done because people just kept going or persevered and did not quit.

James says when we persevere in our trials we gain maturity and become complete.  1 Peter 6 tells us, “In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold…though refined by fire.” In other words, trails refine and purify us. They make us more valuable just like the refining of gold makes it more valuable. So this week, James tells us that our trials are inevitable, problematic, paradoxical and beneficial, but we should never just give up. This Sunday, I’ll be looking at what James, the brother of Jesus, says about dealing with temptation and sin in our lives.

Hope to see you in church,  and have a fantastic weekend.

John Mark Caton, Ph.D