Returning to the very practical book of James, we are looking today at faith under trialâ€”will it stand?
We see first that our responsibility is in a believing heartâ€”that heart that trusts in God. In trials, itâ€™s our trust in God that drives us first to his Word, our primary source of wisdom.
Weâ€™ll also look at the example of Job, a man whose extreme trial is a source of many lessons for us. We learn that we need to run to God first in a trial, and that a trial may be solely for the glory of Godâ€”not in exchange for something we have done.
Prayer is key in trials, and here we need to learn the simple lesson of what is simple: ask, receive. So often we donâ€™t ask and prefer to be independent. Let us rather, as James, says, ask without doubting and receive the wisdom we need for lifeâ€™s trialsâ€”knowing Godâ€™s using these difficult times for his own good purposes and ours.