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Happy New Year!
Janes 1:2-8 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 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. 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. 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. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
My husband and I have been slowly reading through a commentary on the book of James written by Daniel L. Segraves. This chapter has been on my mind, and then it was preached about in church this past Sunday. We're now in 2013! No one knows what this year will hold. Chances are, each one of us will have some type of trial this year. James tells us to be glad when trials come! What? How can we do that? The answer is in verse 5, pray for wisdom! Daniel Segraves says it better than I could, here is a bit from his book:
"There can be no patience without wisdom. The person struggling with impatience should not so much pray for patience as for the wisdom that produces patience. Godly wisdom will give the perspective needed to be able to endure even difficult situations with patience, for godly wisdom enables one to see more than just the immediate circumstances. It is wisdom that we obtain by prayer, a divine perspective that reveals God to be at work in all the affairs of life, even those painful developments that seem for the moment to be without explanation."
I wish for you all a very happy new year. But if trouble finds you, remember James words, and pray for wisdom!