My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. James 1:2-3
As were all going through this trial of the pandemic, you might ask how can we find joy in this? How can we find joy in trials and temptations? Because God is working on you to mold you for eternity! You see we look around the world and see death and despair, but that’s because were looking from a temporal perspective
We need to focus on an eternal perspective, focus on Gods eternal Kingdom to come, focus on Christ. When we understand and realize this is a fallen world under the curse of sin, its not a surprise to us that a pandemic like this would happen
But we can use this moment to strengthen our faith in Christ. Cling to God in all your needs, not anything of this world because its all temporal. Your money may be gone, your health may be gone, but Jesus victory on the cross is forever! Instead of letting this time destroy you, allow it to strengthen your faith in God
But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. James 1:4-5
Many things have been taken away from us during this time, however we should still feel complete because we abide in Christ. As the scripture said “Wanting Nothing”, nothing can replace the fellowship of God and His love and mercy that he demonstrated to us
Now I know what your thinking, how can I comprehend any of this? Well the scripture says next “If you lack wisdom or understanding, ask God” What a simple concept yet how many fail to turn to God during times of confusion and turmoil?
But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. James 6-7
However when we come to Jesus, we should come with true faith. We shouldn’t come to Christ, as if he were a genie looking to answer your demands. Come to him as the Risen Savior, the one who has defeated sin and death.
Anyone who comes to him with lack of faith shouldn’t expect anything from him. This faith is developed and endured during the trials and temptations of life, cling to Jesus and you will lack nothing!