The Book of James was written as a detailed manual on the steps to take during a testing period with the aim of receiving God’s prize, which is His good and perfect gift. (James 1:17, 2 Corinth 1: 10,11)
A test announces a new day in your life. Every new day begins at midnight characterized by darkness. Those whom we consider as fortunate and blessed among us got into that place and position by responding supernaturally to tests when it came into their lives. By responding correctly you obtain a crown (James 1:12, 5:11).
Many biblical scholars consider the book of James as the New Testament book of proverbs because of its instructive nature. Even though low on doctrine, it is high on practical instructions for Christian living.
James makes it clear that the two things that must be practiced when going through a test:
He taught that in order to be able to respond that way, one must be in possession of the wisdom of God concerning the situation. It is therefore imperative to constantly appear before God’s presence making the request for His wisdom as you go through things. (James 1:5)
James made it clear that the Divine purpose in a test is not only to obtain the good and perfect gift, but it affords God the opportunity to perfect things that are lacking in your character (James 1:4).
God is able to open your eyes to see things which you probably will never have taken note of if the test didn’t come your way (Job 34: 31,32). It doesn’t mean one is actively in sin but it’s about the condition of one’s soul, that which needs to be perfected in us.
This is why James said later on in his letter, instead of getting angry and speaking words hastily; receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your soul (James 1:19-21)
It is these imperfections if not addressed that satan comes to exploit during a time of a test with temptation or eventually destroy the person when they get into position.
James said temptations to sin, as an escape route during a test, do not come from God. He said they arise as a result of lust (a diseased condition in the soul). Satan entices the person through that weakness (James1:14).
This is why Paul said he understood that God’s grace was sufficient for him that during a test that it was an opportunity to exchange his weaknesses for God’s strength (2 Corinth 12:9).
To resist correction and growth in your soul during a test is what keeps many people stuck in the situation. Ask for wisdom and let God teach you.
-Pastor Poju Oyemade