James begins his teaching by recognizing that life brings constant tests and trials, even for Christians. God designs those tests to bring us to maturity (vv. 2-4). However, He doesn’t leave us alone, but promises wisdom, which He gives “generously” and “without reproach” to those who ask. Because of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, our reproach has been removed forever. God is eager to help us and has no intention of shaming His children. Therefore, we should make our requests with confidence in His goodness.
Questions for further thought:
1. In what ways do you find it difficult to have joy in the midst of trials?
2. How has the Lord shown up in those dark times?
Challenge: Keep tabs on how God shows up in the midst of the struggle. If you journal, keep track of your prayers and pay attention to the answers that He will provide.
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