Main point summary
God is a giver of good gifts. So we should view trials with joy because they lead to God's good gifts and we should hear and do God's word because doing so leads to God's good gifts.
God is a giver of good gifts - every good gift and every perfect gift is from above. Recognizing this and remembering this helps us to face trials with joy and helps us to pursue obedience to God's word because we know it leads to good gifts. Throughout the New Testament, we are encouraged to be giving thanks to God, remembering his good gifts in all areas of our lives.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
16 Always rejoice , 17 constantly pray, 18 in everything give thanks . For this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus .
17 For this reason do not be foolish, but be wise 22 by understanding 23 what the Lord’s will is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, which 24 is debauchery, 25 but be filled by the Spirit, 26 19 speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making music 27 in 28 your hearts to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for each other 29 in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 and submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ. 30
16 Let the word of Christ 18 dwell in you richly, teaching and exhorting one another with all wisdom, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, all with grace 19 in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him .
a James, a servant 1 of God and b of the Lord Jesus Christ, To c the twelve tribes in d the Dispersion: Greetings.
Greetings from James to the Twelve Tribes
e Count it all joy, my brothers, 1 when you meet trials f of various kinds, for you know that g the testing of your faith h produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be i perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Count your trials as joy because you know what it produces.
j If any of you lacks wisdom, k let him ask God, l who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But m let him ask in faith, n with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like o a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; p he is a double-minded man, q unstable in all his ways.
If you lack wisdom to know what trials produce, then ask God with full faith and no doubt.
Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, and r the rich in his humiliation, because s like a flower of the grass 1 he will pass away. For the sun rises with its scorching heat and t withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.
Lowly brother - trial is being low - let him boast because it will produce exaltation - unlike the rich man who will fade away.
u Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive v the crown of life, w which God has promised to those who love him.
The brother who is going through a trial should remain steadfast knowing he will recieve the crown of life when he stands the test
Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire x when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and y sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
Recognize where temptation comes from - not from God - but from ourselves
Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. z Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from a the Father of lights b with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 1 c Of his own will he d brought us forth by the word of truth, e that we should be a kind of f firstfruits of his creatures.
Instead of viewing temptations from God - we should recognize that God gives good gifts
g Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person h be quick to hear, i slow to speak, j slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Therefore k put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with l meekness the implanted word, m which is able to save your souls.
Everyone should open their ears and hear the word - and shut their mouths and resist anger.
But be n doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, o the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, p he will be blessed in his doing.
Furthermore - we should be doers of the word, not just hearers - this will result in blessing
If anyone thinks he is religious q and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s r religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: s to visit t orphans and widows in their affliction, and u to keep oneself v unstained from the world.
The telltale sign of fake religion is not controlling your tongue. Instead our religion is proved in our compassion and our holiness.
We should be quick to listen to the word of God and furthermore, strive to do it - because this will prove our religion is genuine.
Action Manner: We should consider our trials joy ASKING for wisdom to help us do this
9-12 give two examples of people going through trials and their required outlooks
We can count trials joy - knowing the end result BECAUSE God gives good gifts THEREFORE We should hear and do God's word to experience more of the blessed life