At the time James wrote the letter in today’s passage, Christian communities in Rome, Alexandria, Cyprus, and cities in Greece and Asia Minor were going through much difficulty and even dying for their faith. The brother of Jesus in James 1:1-15 starts his letter to offer help in handling the trials they were going through. James explained the need to have joy, to know more about God, and surrender to His will.
I think about the trials the people during James’ time went through and the ones I go through; I’m sure the ones I go through do not come close to comparing. In my average day, a major obstacle faced is just not having enough time. Another one is setting priorities on the task and doing what is most important. Working in information systems as a career, there are many problems that need to be handled and it’s hard knowing which one to deal with first.
Some have the ability to look at problems in unique ways. All the champions of sports, science, and medicine have a few traits in common. They make the impossible become possible because they see a problem and think of it as an opportunity. Isaac Newton didn’t see getting thumped on the head with an apple as a negative thing. It didn’t ruin his day but just the opposite; it inspired thought that ultimately led to the Universal Law of Gravitation. We now can communicate with each other around the world because of his law. Putting satellites in orbit are vital in telecommunications and gravity is the reason objects remain in orbit.
In your prayers today, ask for wisdom from God and have faith that He will help overcome the obstacles faced. Then a plan will be developed and decisions will be right.
We all face trials but most important is not letting them get us down. Each day with God can be amazing because of our faith in the possibilities God gives. Persistence like a stream of water eventually cuts into a rock and if we remain persistent at focusing on the possibilities God gives, we can cut into and go through any obstacle in the way.