James doesn’t say if trouble comes your way but when it does. He assumes, we, will have troubles and it is possible to profit from them. The point is not to pretend to be happy when we face pain, but to have a positive outlook (“consider it an opportunity for great joy”) because of what troubles can produce in your life.
James tells us to turn our hardships into times of learning. Tough times can teach us perseverance (also called patience and steadfastness), see Romans 2:7; 5:3-5; 8:24, 25; 2Cor. 6:3-7; 2Peter 1:2-9.
Our first challenge as we go forward, we will consider things are not right and attempt to find worldly remedies. Instead of looking at them from a spiritual perspective and seeing them as positive learning situations, even after having prior knowledge they were going to occur. Matthew 6:33 But seek all of you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.
One thing I have learned, spiritually, our Father will never give us more than we can handle if we keep our eyes on Him. But like Peter, we usually are caught looking at the turmoil facing us instead of Yeshua and give Satan the right to begin spiritually dragging us into despair and fear of death. Proverbs 22:4 By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.
Please ponder that each event within our journey is presented as the Lord melting us down, and in doing so, identifying our human weaknesses and strengths, within our walk and relationship with Him; but in spiritual faith by reaching out to Yeshua, we find ourselves drawing personally deeper and closer to Him as His child and disciple. Recognizing, Where the fear of God is, there will be humility. And much is to be enjoyed by it; spiritual riches, and eternal life at last. Matthew 6:34 Take therefore no thought for the next day: for the next day shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
The problem with the multitudes who turn their faith to science instead of God is first having set aside this promise, then believing they are able to take care of themselves more than God can. I know this last statement is going to rub many who have made the choice to first turn to science.
However, it is a truth supported by the fear in their minds of death, being the rationalization of that fear. I presented this information before: There is scarcely any sin against which our Lord Jesus more warns his disciples, than disquieting, distracting, distrustful cares about the things of this life. This often insnares the poor as much as the love of wealth does the rich. But there is a carefulness about temporal things which is a duty, though we must not carry these lawful cares too far. Take no thought for your life. Not about the length of it; but refer it to God to lengthen or shorten it as he pleases; our times are in his hand, and they are in a good hand. Not about the comforts of this life; but leave it to God to make it bitter or sweet as he pleases.
What your rationale to fear death, eliminates, is this heavenly wisdom: Take no thought for your life. Not about the length of it; but refer it to God to lengthen or shorten it as he pleases; our times are in his hand, and they are in a good hand. However, by looking past the Lord and seeing the turmoil ahead, we somehow think our wisdom attached to the world’s wisdom will out weight God’s control over our lives and we snatch it from Him.
God, puts us in the ready way to be happy, by assuring us we shall have what we need, and pray for. Solomon’s making such a choice when asleep, and the powers of reason least active, showed it came from the grace of God. Having a humble sense of his own wants and weakness, he pleads, Lord, I am but a little child.
The more wise and considerate men are the better acquainted with their own weakness and the more jealous of themselves. Solomon begs of God to give him wisdom. We must pray for it, James 1:5, that it may help us in our particular calling, and the various occasions we have. Those are accepted of God, who prefer spiritual blessings to earthly good.
It was a prevailing prayer and prevailed for more than he asked. God gave him wisdom, such as no other prince was ever blessed with; and also gave him riches and honour. If we make sure of wisdom and grace, these will bring outward prosperity with them, or sweeten the want of it.
The way to get spiritual blessings is to wrestle with God in prayer for them. The way to get earthly blessings, is to refer ourselves to God concerning them. Solomon has wisdom given him, because he did ask for it, and wealth because he did not.
1Tim. 4:8 For bodily exercise profits little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.
In closing, we find outward acts of self-denial profit little. What will it avail us to mortify the body, if we do not mortify sin? No diligence in mere outward things could be of much use. The gain of godliness lies much in the promise; and the promises to godly people relate partly to the life that now is, but especially to the life which is to come: though we lose for Christ, we shall not lose by him. If Christ be thus the Saviour of all men, then much more will he be the Rewarder of those who seek and serve him; he will provide well for those whom he has made new creatures.
My point to all who rely on science to believe you are in control of your life “What will it avail us to mortify the body, if we do not mortify sin?” Science cannot do away with the root cause of your life’s trials placed before you as increasing your patience and steadfastness in and with Yeshua? Recognize the trials in this life are the building blocks of faith and trust in how God continues from the womb of shaping and molding us for our eternal part of our spiritual journey. You won’t find that information in the world’s knowledge as it only comes through having Faith and Trust in God and Yeshua who bless their children with their Grace and Peace in this life.
Matthew 6:33 But seek all of you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.