Here's the Thing... In His Word 4-15-2024


Here’s the thing…In His Word 4-15-2024

Sometimes things happen and we blame people, or God Himself for the issues that we caused. Sometimes we just don’t understand there is a reason and a purpose for what we have to walk through. God has a plan, but that does not mean it’s His fault in our suffering. Today, as we read through James Chapter 1. Let’s think about what can come from the issues we face. Let’s look to God for the answer to how to get through it, or to get away from it, whichever He shows us.

And let’s ask God—"What are you going to do with this?”

*Today’s scriptures are in NASB, but I encourage you to use the version God speaks to you with!

Sometimes we walk through trouble. It may look like mud, or mire, or it may look like glass shards that we have to walk through, but God is with us no matter what!

We have been given proof of this in the true story of Shadrack Meshack and Abednego who were thrown into a furnace turned up to the highest high heat, and yet four people were standing in there when they looked. Now if you are like me you may have thought about how big that furnace must have been cause todays are tiny, in comparison. Not that it matters too much because we are looking at the 4th person, He was there. God stood there in the fire with them and protected the three men. They lived when they went out of the furnace and the king of the country believed! (Read the story in Daniel chapter 3).

They went on to keep serving the Lord God. They did not fuss about  having to do that to get to serve openly either.

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,  knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.  And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.  For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. James 1 1-8

They trusted God, like it says in James they did not waver.  How many of us can do that?  Ask yourself do I pray believing that it will happen or do I pray hoping it will?

If we pray believing, there is peace, confidence, and positivity in our prayers.

If we pray hoping, there will be a ‘maybe possibly if you feel like it God…” type of prayer and that can fall into the category of being double minded.

We need to be solid in our prayers! We need to know that our prayers are heard, that God cares, that He will listen and answer them!

We are His people, we are His children, He loves us and He cares about our desires. We just need to trust Him with all of our heart, and then don’t try to figure it out! That figuring it out from Proverbs 3:5-7 is what makes us stumble, and weak in our prayers. The trust part is what makes us strong!





Talking to God

That is what we should do when we pray!


Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wildflower.  For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls, and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business. Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. James 1:9-12

Knowing that we may struggle through trials or troubles yet also trusting that God will bring us through makes us blessed. It makes God proud of us, and us feel like glorifying Jesus!

You know, sometimes you don’t feel like you can do it all on your own, and you think  you prayed right but then you find yourself pulling it back and trying to take care of it because God did not move in your timeline. Sometimes we need to put God’s timing into our trust!

We need to walk in faith, trusting that God will answer our needs and desires when He sees it is time. Keep reading on!

James 1:13-19 gives us great instruction in righteousness, and it gives us great steps to take to not over exaggerate or complain about things not working  how that we want it to. Sometimes it is not about us.

I mean it is about God’s plan but maybe we are waking through the mud so some else doesn’t have to. Look to Jesus  the author and the finisher of our faith today and seek Him as to what He will do with the place you are in at the moment. And read the rest of James, and Daniel! They are great books! Full of excitement and directions!  In Jesus’ name.