James 1:1-4 (NKJV) James, a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad: Greetings. 2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

James the half-brother of Jesus, in terms of Jesus’ humanity, never mentions this fact in his epistle. Rather he calls himself a bond slave of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ. James had a humble heart. And he approached the Lord in humility. I think we ought to learn from James. Another thing we might gather from James is the fact that our Lord Jesus Christ was so human when He was here on earth that even His own siblings did not believe at first that He was the Savior of the world. This goes to show that your family members are always the hardest people to witness to, yet they are the ones we should reach out to with the message of salvation. They should be the first that we witness to. So that they may come to know Jesus as Christ, the Messiah who died for our sins. Now, James notes that the twelve tribes of Israel are scattered abroad. You see, there are Jews on every continent of the world because God scattered them throughout the world. And James writes to them, and he says to them rejoice. James tells them to rejoice in their trials and tribulations. In fact, he tells them to profit from it, or make the best of it. We are to rejoice and count it all joy because God is testing us through our troubles. When we can rejoice in our troubles, then we can say that we have accepted God’s will and are reconciled with God. God has a reason for letting trouble come our way. And it is the attitude of our hearts towards our troubles that indicates whether or not we are reconciled with God. When we can take to heart Romans 8:28 then we can benefit from our troubles. When trouble comes our way, we should know that God is working something out in our lives. We may not understand why? Nevertheless, we ought to know that trials and tribulations are the test of faith. Do you trust God? My friends, God puts our faith to the test to see if it is genuine. “Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.” Patience is what we need to grow in our Christian life. Now, see that patience is the fruit of the Holy Spirit. You will not become patient by forcing yourself to be patient. The Holy Spirit works patience in you through trials and tribulations. Without patience, we will not grow towards maturity in our Christian life. The lack of patience is the reason why many Christians have not grown up. God tests our faith, and that testing produces patience, and patience enables us to grow in love and hope towards maturity in our Christian life. There is a purpose for the troubles in our lives. Trust God, my friends.

God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.