My friend Alece in one of her blog post referred to James “describes as being tossed by the wind and waves because of unbelief”. So for this weeks Bible study I selected from the Book of James:

James 1:1-8 (King James Version)

1James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.

 2My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;

 3Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

 4But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

 5If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

 6But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

 7For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.

 8A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

2My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations

We are told to be joyful, thankful, for the temptations that will be placed in our path.  It is only by overcoming temptations, and trials, that learn how strong our faith is.

My faith can be said to be more in processes, testing ideas before we accept they are valid, and evolution, then in people, or in an entity such as God.  

On a personal basis I have been tempted by many things, such as drugs, that will harm me.  In learning how to overcome these I did develop more faith, confidence, in myself.  These trials are essential to my personal development.  I can’t say I have often felt joy in being tested.  🙂

3Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

This is a lesson I have had to learn over and over.  I have too often rushed to judgement.  I was much worse as a teenager.  Learning some degree of patience was how I survived my youth.  A lack of patience is still a character flaw I continue to work at.

 5If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 6But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

James description of a wavering faith is very accurate.  There will be some trials we lack the wisdom to understand.  We must turn to our faith to persevere.  Without faith we will be lost in that stormy sea James speaks of.

I will guess we all have moments where we question our faith.  Some trials we will not pass, and here again are likely to question our faith.  The proof of our faith is when we don’t allow our questions to stop us.  We just keep moving forward through trial after trial.

7For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 8A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

Not being a man of religious faith I am only guessing here.  Since your Lord has given you everything you have, including sacrificing his only son, why would you expect anything more?  Whatever trial you face is your test.  The only reward you should expect is having your faith strengthened when you pass that test.

I like the phrase “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”  We do need to have a clear, purposeful, single minded, approach to dealing with life’s trials.

I must admit I am not at all satisfied with what I have written.  I would prefer to work on it for another day or two.

However I think it is better to turn the discussion over to you guys, the “experts”.  🙂

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