Greeting to the Twelve Tribes
Alright, James, he was a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, whom was a brother to Jesus.1 James, a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,
To the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad:
He is writing to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, this would be to his Jewish brothers.
James, writes my brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,
Profiting from Trials2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,
What were the trials for them? Was this talking about trials or temptations of Satan or to sin?
No, these were trials of persecution for the Gospel of Christ Jesus, and James is telling them to find it joyful, which test faith, in trusting God, opposed to giving up. To endure.
Back then you were killed or persecuted (ill-treated). However, the hope is not laid in this world it is in the next life where the hope is laid - in faith
James writes, knowing that the testing (tempting) of your faith - produces patience.
Have you ever had your patience tried? It's hard to hold back especially if you aren't holding on to the one whom gives the Holy Spirit, or you give up and walk away, or you lose your patience and lose your 'religion' in a sense. Anger doesn't produce the righteousness of God, though there are times to be rightfully angry.
James encourages though they have their faith tested, to be patient, and trust in God, so that patience may have its perfect (mature) work, that you may mature and complete, not lacking in any amount of the spirit.
James, states if any of you lacks wisdom (on how to let this patience work in you), let that person ask of God, who gives to all liberally without reproach, and it will be given unto him.5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
God will help us in our trials, and our testings - with others and dealing with them if we ask about how to go about it, and that is something I even struggle with now today.
However, a person that believes and seeks, must ask in faith, with no doubting -6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
Therefore even if an answer is no, we shouldn't doubt, because when a person doubts, - they become unstable, and not standing on firm foundation, allowing the Chief Cornerstone to keep them up, and their house will ultimately be crushed, by the waves of the sea, which will toss them around in unrest, unsettled, troubled, and impatient, easily carried around by anything he may see, from doctrine, to temptation and lust.
They shouldn't expect to receive anything from the LORD, and they are double-minded, becoming unstable in all of their relations.7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.