James 1:6-12

Review: What you need most when you go through various kinds of trouble is wisdom; which is the ability to see clearly, and to know what to choose so that you achieve the best possible outcome.

What wisdom looks like:Jesus  (Colossians 2:3)

  • Great suffering and great wisdom go together.

I,  Two (Strange) Examples of Trouble

 A.  Believers in humble circumstances. (v.9)
 B.  Those who are rich

II.  The problem with prosperity

The greatest trouble is no trouble at all

  • Prosperity can cause you to forget God. (Luke 12:13-21

Dt. 6:10-12, Proverbs 30:9)

To see a man humble under prosperity is the greatest rarity in the world. — St Bernard:

  • Prosperity can cause you to hitch your heart to something that fades.(James 1:10-11)

III. What our trials do

A.  They show us what is temporary.

B.  They show us what is real. (I Peter 1:6)

C.  They show us what lasts. (James 1:12)

D.  They show us what or who we love.