by Richard Mansel, managing editor
The book of James is a masterful treatise on Christian living. James can edify our lives as we open our heart to his message of discipleship.
James tells us that trials and troubles are a normal part of the human existence (James 1:2-4; cf. Matthew 6:34). We can be overwhelmed as they surround us with temptations and heartache. Satan is pursuing us and will use any method he can to destroy our faith (1 Peter 5:8).
As Christians we must learn endurance skills from God’s Word so we can overcome the struggles of life. As we maneuver these minefields, we must build patience and fortitude. How can we have the wisdom necessary to make the right decisions in the heat of battle?
The fleshly mind sees James 1:2 as ridiculous. We have to elevate ourselves above the fleshly to the spiritual, if we will understand God’s will. Only with spiritual eyes can we see where God is leading us.
The wisdom we need comes from God and if we ask, he will give it to us (James 1:5).
“Let your heart retain my words; Keep my commands, and live. Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth” (Proverbs 4:4b-5a, NKJV).
“…and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:15).
We immerse ourselves in God’s Word and we learn what we need to know to remain bound to Christ. Wisdom is the utilization of knowledge. We learn from God through study, experience, prayer, fellowship and serving. The more we live in Christ, the more wisdom we acquire. We become transformed and walk in the way of the Lord (Romans 12:1-2; Ephesians 4:1).
“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” (James 1:6).
Through wisdom, we understand the nature of God and that he will never let us down (Hebrews 13:5). The veracity of God’s Word and the clarity of Scripture allows us to endure anything that comes against us as Christians.