“Not Absurd” ( James 1:2-3, Wycliffe ) by Carley Evans

James says, “guess you all joy” — imagine joy — deem it joy — decide it is joy — when you “fall into diverse temptations.” What? Read it yourself:

“My brethren, deem ye all joy [guess ye all joy], when ye fall into diverse temptations, witting, that the proving of your faith worketh patience.”

Consider that temptations prove your faith; and faith works out your patience. After all, with trials and temptations surrounding you, you must remain patient while waiting for your better country. As you anticipate finding your place in God’s house, remember Jesus “is able to save to the uttermost [you who] come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for [you].” (Hebrews 7:25, KJV)

With your eternal hope firmly in mind, facing temptations as if they are moments of joy isn’t quite as absurd as it might sound. These temptations, especially when overcome, lead you to a state of patience.

“Let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, lacking nothing.” (James 1:4, KJV)

“Lacking nothing”, “perfect and entire” — what a description of the Christian life. Yet, James acknowledges the Christian has trials, temptations, sufferings in this world. Rather than bemoan their presence, the Christian is called to deem — guess — decide — these are joys.

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14 Comments Add yours

  1. lambskinny says:

    Thanks AMS Daily and PhotoBotos.

  2. Ula says:

    Thanks for the fresh reminder Carley. Not easy, but it helps when the Lord shows us the bigger picture. Love the look and feel of your blog 🙂

    1. lambskinny says:

      Thanks Ula. God bless, Carley

  3. Debbie says:

    Thank you, Carley for the timely reminder that we lack nothing we NEED, even if we lack something we desire. 😀 Great post, my friend!
    Debbie

    1. lambskinny says:

      I appreciate your kind and encouraging comment, Debbie. God bless.

  4. lambskinny says:

    Thanks so much, Lesley.

  5. lambskinny says:

    Thank you Writing Gomer.

  6. lambskinny says:

    Thank you Drusilla.

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