James 1:5 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. 9 Let the lowly brother glory in his exaltation, 10 but the rich in his humiliation, because as a flower of the field he will pass away. 11 For no sooner has the sun risen with a burning heat than it withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beautiful appearance perishes. So the rich man also will fade away in his pursuits. 12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
V5 -8 Count on God in your Trials
Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; 3 Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling.
- God is willing and able to help people who turn to Him no matter what their situation
- Ask for Wisdom from God with Single mindedness
- Wisdom is the ability to make the right decisions based on knowledge
God will give generously
He is the true source of wisdom
1 Kings 3:28 And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had rendered; and they feared the king, for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him to administer justice.
1 Kings 4:29 And God gave Solomon wisdom and exceedingly great understanding, and largeness of heart like the sand on the seashore.
You can come to Him as often as you want or need no matter what the problem is and He will be there for you
- V6 Ask in Faith believing God
Mark 9:23 Jesus said to him, "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes."
V6-7 Not doubting... You will receive nothing if you do
Proverbs 24:10 If you faint in the day of adversity, Your strength is small.
V8 Double minded an unsaved man who is a hypocrite who cannot trust God when trials come
- V9-11 Consider the Way You React to Trials
This section is a reminder that our eternal status, not our earthly status should be our main concern
- V9 Let the Poor Exalt God and give Him glory
The poor can give glory to God because of their standing before God and their eternal riches in Him
Acts 10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
- V10 Let the Rich be Humbled
Trials will bring the rich to a point that they realize that true happiness and contentment come from God, not material wealth and things
- V11 A picture of how quickly death and judgement from God can take away wealth and possessions
- V12 Consider the Rewards of your Trials
- V12 Blessed is he who endures Temptation...Shows we are truly saved 1Corinth 10:13
- He will be approved
- Receive the crown of life or eternal life with God in Heaven