My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing – James 1:2-4.
We all have an appreciation for gold, in it’s raw state it is valuable, but gold refined sky rockets in worth and usefulness. While we are created in God’s image and likeness, it will take refining for us to come to our full potential and increase of worth and usefulness. This makes the refining process very necessary in our journey. All the good things we enjoy in life have not been without their fair share of trials. James 1 tells us that the patience produced by testing and trials is the way to perfection and completeness the absence of which results in lack. If we don’t pass through hardships we will be lacking in certain aspects of our character which would result in inefficiency.
One of the things that stood out for me in the teaching is when the Prophet expounded on 2 Kings 4:27-28, that the man of God had to admit when he did not know. We don’t always know why God leads us through certain things and it is okay not to know and very important to acknowledge that we don’t know and then after turn to Him. Because many times this is the area of our biggest blunders, we blame, we become afraid, we run around and lose our minds in the face of troubles when the Bible says to count it all joy. It says in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17 “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” This is the right response in the face of troubles not what we tend to do, and we need to train ourselves in the right response and unlearn the emotive and fleshly ways that profit nothing. Here’s the question I am confronted with, who is first on my mind in the moment of calamity? God or satan? Do I first think ‘what is God saying’ or do I rebuke the devil first? Who comes first?
Ephesians 5:15-17 “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” Here’s a heads up, Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” This is why the Bible tells us to rejoice always because with God, whether good or bad, whether hot or cold, up or down, left or right all things are working together for our good (Romans 8:28). “God is not a man that He should lie, nor a son of man that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” Numbers 23:19. Those who laugh at the ‘true’ prophecies given by ‘true’ servants of God regarding the year 2020 are merely responding as a fleshly person would be expected to, but for the people who know their God, the troubles of 2020 are a sure sign that we are rising, and even higher than we could have imagined. When we, the people who know their God, are confronted with a sea, we know it will be parted. When we see a fiery furnace, we know to expect the company of the the fourth man. When we see the cross, we know ressurection and salvation are here. When we find ourselves at sea in a raging storm we know we are about to experience great calm, and this, the year 2020, is the perfect storm!
The patience produced by testing and trials is the way to perfection and completeness!