Profiting From Trials

Jas 1:2 My brothers, count it all joy when you fall into different kinds of temptations,
Jas 1:3 knowing that the trying of your faith works patience.
Jas 1:4 But let patience have its perfect work, so that you may be perfect and entire, lacking nothing.
Jas 1:5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and with no reproach, and it shall be given to him.
Jas 1:6 But let him ask in faith, doubting nothing. For he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven by the wind and tossed.
Jas 1:7 For do not let that man think that he shall receive anything from the Lord;
Jas 1:8 he is a double-minded man, not dependable in all his ways.

From the Book of James

Why do Bad Things Happen to People?

Many exert great energy in attempting to find the answer to the above question. This is especially true since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, when the Muslim terrorists attacked the New York World Trade Center and the Pentagon, resulting in thousands being murdered and many families losing husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, and children. Why do such things happen? Why is life often characterized by misfortune, sadness, untimely deaths and tragedies of all sorts? The answer, “bad things only happen to bad people who deserve it,” is obviously unacceptable and untrue (Lk. 13: 2-5). Bad things happen to all kinds of people. Let us now explore our question “why do bad things happen to people?” in more detail and see if we can find some answers.

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Difficulties prove our faith (I Pet. 1: 6, 7). Enduring trials produces humility and patience (2 Cor. 12: 7, 10; Rom. 5: 3). The scriptures address what the conduct of the Christian should be while enduring trials. There is to be rejoicing, praying, singing, and working (Jas. 1: 2; Acts 16: 25; I Pet. 4: 19).

God’s promises to those who endure trials

Regarding Paul’s thorn in the flesh he was told, “my grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness…” (2 Cor. 12: 9). God also promises deliverance in time of trial for his people (Ps. 34: 7). Another promise is the crown of life. Hear Paul, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness…” (2 Tim. 4: 7, 8).

Beloved, trials are part of life. Some of our problems are brought about by our sins (Prov. 13: 15). Some difficulties come as a result of doing what is right (2 Tim. 3: 12). Accompanying each “difficulty,” though, God has provided a way of escape (I Cor. 10: 13). Regarding trials James wrote, “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience…” (Jas. 1: 2, 3). Even though most cringe at the thought of problems and difficulties, man needs resistance and trials to challenge and make him a better person. Without trials, man tends to be arrogant. Listen to the Psalmist: “It is good for me that I have been afflicted: that I might learn thy statutes” (Ps. 119: 71).