Re:Verse passage – James 1:1-12 (day five)  “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”  YES, AND THANK YOU!!  Just at the right moment in this passage James gives us the hope we need to wrap our hearts and minds around his exhortation to “consider joy”.  I believe the ALL is in reference to the kinds of trials. Both big and small. Don’t be confused to think that ALL means that you should only feel joy when various trials come.  Sadness, sorrow, doubt, discouragement all come our way. So what I need most, is the wisdom to process the pain, suffering, and heartbreak in a manner that will let me look through the lens of potential joy found in the promised presence of God in the midst of trials (Psalm 46) AND the promised strengthening of my faith (James 1:3-4) which helps grow endurance to take each step of faith in my race and journey with Christ. How do you “consider”? You need need wisdom. Godly wisdom. And that is what God is willing to give. Just ask.  ISN’T THAT GREAT NEWS!!

Author: Scott Lane

Scott Lane is the Executive Pastor of Ministry at FBCSA.

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