Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,whenever you face trials of many kinds,because you know that the testing of your faithproduces perseverance.Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be matureand complete, not lacking anything.If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God,who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt,because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
When we chase after God, expect Satan to try and get in our way. The harder we chase, the harder he’ll try to throw us off course, confuse us and distract us. Satan would love nothing more than to stop our pursuit of God. In James one, we’re told to consider these trials “pure joy.” They remind us that what we are doing with our lives–our pursuit–matters. It’s not just a hobby or a game.
So, as we go about our pursuits, how can we discern between the truth of God and other forces not of God? The author of James has an answer for that. “If any of you lacks wisdom,” he says, “you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” Just ask. God is on your side. He wants to draw near to us. He wants to have a relationship with us.
Over the last couple of weeks we have been considering the Armour of God and it’s benefits for us as Christians as we fight in a spiritual battle. Let us remember to - “Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil”. (Eph.6:11)
Praying you have a great week and let’s stand strong.