James 1:2-8 – “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. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For let, not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” NKJV
James 1:2-8 – “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. 5 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. 6 But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, 8 being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” NASB
Today I felt that the LORD would have me simply let the Scripture speak with almost no comment from me. I give you the same passages from two different translations. Notice the subtle differences and similarities. The message is powerful in both.
The Book of James is an incredible book that gives vital insight as to how we should, could, and must learn to live. Patience and/or endurance results in faith. Faith is a growing element in our hearts. It finds completion in the Lord and His incredible Love. It produces the quality of NOT DOUBTING! I try to look for the rainbow in the storm. I try to find the silver lining in the clouds. I try to seek the answer in the trials. I seek to use the troubles of life as steppingstones to God’s higher calling in Christ Jesus and thereby minister to others at the point of their need!
May the LORD bless you richly is my prayer and desire!