Testing your faith

As a Christian, my faith is tested on a regular basis.  We’re warned of this in James.

 James 1:2-8:

   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.

My brethren, as in, my brothers and sisters in Christ, count it all joy, meaning be happy, when you fall into divers temptations.  As we know from the previous post that I’ve linked, divers means numerous.  So, basically, we should be thankful when we fall into temptation.

Verse 3, knowing this, it is the trying of our faith, working, building patience.

Verse 4, but let patience have her perfect work.  This means to allow the patience to follow through and be complete.  We do this so that we can be perfect… According to dictionary.com, the definition of perfect is as follows:

per·fect

[adj., n. pur-fikt; v. per-fekt]  Show IPA

adjective

1. conforming absolutely to the description or definition of an ideal type: a perfect sphere; a perfect gentleman.
2. excellent or complete beyond practical or theoretical improvement: There is no perfect legal code. The proportions of this temple are almost perfect.
3. exactly fitting the need in a certain situation or for a certain purpose: a perfect actor to play Mr. Micawber; a perfect saw for cutting out keyholes.
4. entirely without any flaws, defects, or shortcomings: a perfect apple; the perfect crime.
5. accurate, exact, or correct in every detail: a perfect copy.
I’m thinking that the correct definition in this situation is the 2nd one of being excellent or complete beyond practical or theoretical improvement.  Reason being, humans cannot be perfect. My other reason for believe this is the next statement “and entire, wanting nothing.”  we are to be complete, and want nothing.  The want nothing part is one of the hardest things for people to deal with.  People want things, it’s in their nature.
Verse 5: If 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.
If you lack wisdom, and keep in mind, that if you don’t think you lack wisdom, you probably lack quite a bit of it.  So, if you lack wisdom, ask for it of God, for he gives to us all freely, and upbraideth not.  The meaning of upbraideth is not generally known.  This is not a common word in modern times.  From the website http://bible.cc/james/1-5.htm, it is defined as: “And upbraideth not – Does not reproach, rebuke, or treat harshly. He does not coldly repel us, if we come and ask what we need, though we do it often and with importunity.” And because of this, the wisdom will be granted to us.
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.
So, we need to ask in faith, without wavering, meaning not swaying.  Because if we waver, we are like a wave that goes to and fro, and get tossed around.  We are no longer steadfast and firm.
The last 2 verses work together:

   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.

So do not think that if you waver, you will receive any thing from the Lord, because a double minded man (one that wavers) is unstable in all he does.  just look at 99% of the politicians out there, I don’t care which party, and you can see that those that waver, generally are unstable.

So, we should be happy when we are brought to temptation as it helps us build our patience, thereby strengthening our faith.  And I know that I am constantly tested and I typically fail in these tests.  But I do try to keep my faith and pray on it constantly.

God Bless!

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6 comments on “Testing your faith

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