Learning From Bad Time. (James 1:2-4)


OCT 8, 2018.


by Bill And E.s

James 1:2-4:
“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; [trials] Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”

No one likes troubles, trials and tribulations, but we all will or have had them. Since all will encounter them in our life, it only makes sense to view them in the proper light.

These “bad” occurrences many times are sent by God to make us into what He desires us to be. They will teach us lessons in life’s school that will never leave us the same. It can be for this reason God preserved the words in James 1:2-4:

“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; [trials] Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”

We are to take these hard times as a “joyful time”. How can anything as miserable as some have experienced, be joyful? Usually the lesson is learned and thankfulness is appreciated after the fire is passed through – when we’re out on the other side of calamity. It is then we can have “joy.”

After one goes through so many “temptations,” and remembers how they benefited from those experiences, one can easily develop the right attitude the next time unpleasantness comes into view. “Ah, I don’t like the class, but the lesson I will learn will be worth it.” That is joy.

The Bible gives us many different reasons why hard times come into our life. Those amidst trials learn many lessons. Some did not learn their lesson when taking the “course”. Later on they faced harder training further down life’s path, because they never learned it the first time.

Sometimes these tempestuous times are meant to strengthen us. We can be made stronger when we are awed at His deliverance from the impossible. When we get to that point, we can look back and say, “Only God could have gotten me through that.”

Deuteronomy 10:21 “He is thy praise, and he is thy God, that hath done for thee these great and terrible things, which thine eyes have seen.”

Other times our turbulent trials build our faith after we see what God has done. After passing through enough testings, and remembering how we were delivered in the past, we have faith that He will guide us through the next time.

1 Samuel 12: 24: “Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.”

Part of what happens when our faith is strengthened is that we are taught. We learn more about Him, what He can do, what He will not do, and His other character traits when we see God work in our lives.

Hard times can also direct us. The trials we go through many times change the direction we are going and put us on the course He desires – much like the detour that no one likes.

Certainly, tough times can change us. Jonah’s attitude was surely changed after his stay in the whale’s belly. Saul had a new perspective of persecuted Christians after he was one. Joseph was certainly appreciative of all the hardship he went through, when he saw how it prepared him for his future.

Not all trials are punishment of God, but some are. Our miseries can be an act of God to correct us when we do wrong.

A good punishment will change wrong behavior – and quickly. When God’s people were doing wrong God sent enemies, bondages, plagues, and hosts of other deterrents to change their mind-set. Parents sometimes have to punish their child for wrong behavior; our heavenly Father sometimes needs to do this, too.

Not too many people get excited when terrible things happen to them but as you will learn, if you have not already, there is much to be learned from the “bad times”.

Not one spiritual and close-to-God Christian got that way without going through a lot of heartaches. Sometimes the most spiritual have gone through the most. There is a connection. Hard times can have a positive effect on us, if we learn our lesson properly.

Prayer : Oh Lord help me never to depart from your will and to be patient in your training school in Jesus Christ name

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