December 16, 2022 Brethren Letter
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing (James 1:2-4).
When facing a trial, counting everything as “JOY,” can often seem like a “tall order.” Most likely, all of us have asked God the question, “WHY?,” when we experience painful trials. “WHY?”, is definitely the question to ask rather than, “WHY ME?” There’s a big difference between the two questions when approaching God’s throne! One thing for certain, God’s people can always know that whatever the situation, they’re NEVER overlooked or forgotten. “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ ” (Hebrews 13:5)
As we read in the book of James (quoted above), we see that the trying of our FAITH should be producing something positive. That’s what our Bibles show us! Verse 3 (chapter 1), shows that this trying of our faith actually works PATIENCE in us, if we’re using His Spirit. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23).
God has a plan for us that’s well worth it in the end!
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you (Matthew 6:33).
Those who are wise shall shine Like the brightness of the firmament, And those who turn many to righteousness Like the stars forever and ever (Daniel 12:3).
Please have a good night’s rest brethren, and a wonderful Sabbath day.
Your Brother in Christ,