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Handling the Tests &
Problems of Life
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of Yahweh, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed, James 1:2-6 KJV.
    The Bible assures us that happiness can be a living reality for every believer. Through a good stand and pondering of the Word of Yahweh, I do firmly believe that a believer can be triumphant and successful even in times of great trials and problems. Each time you are faced with problems I urge you to remember at least these three things:
    Firstly, everyone of us face problems at one time or another. No one is free from problems. Problems are a part of our daily living.
    Secondly, problems are temporary and transitory. In other words, problems though difficult are for a little while. They last only for a period of time.
    Thirdly, problems bring lessons that should always be learnt. After each difficult situation, problems often help to shape us to be better persons.
Problems are Yahweh’s Purpose
James tells us in the verse above that Yahweh has a purpose for us in the problems and testings we experience. He assures us that these demanding times of difficulties can be instrumental for the progress in our spiritual growth. Yahweh has a definite aim in allowing problems in your life, because there is a purpose in the midst of problems. These outward afflictions and troubles are temptations to you. The devil endeavours by sufferings and crosses to draw men to sin and to deter them from their duty, or to make them unfit for it. But, as our afflictions are in Eloah’s hand, they are intended for the trial and improvement of our graces. As the gold is put into the furnace that it may “be purified,” these problems and testings are doing the same. As you are facing all the difficulties and problems in life today, you can actually be joyful and thankful that Yahweh is working in your life.
Be Joyful in Yah Elohim
In the above quoted Scripture, we are commanded that we should be glad and joyful, and to count it all joy even when we find ourselves surrounded by various problems at any one time. No one is free from problems. The keen competition in school work, facing date-lines at the office and factories, even our daily situations at home, all these often provide us with a whole range of problems. James also knew that El does have a specific purpose for the difficulties that face each one of us. The genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold which though perishable is tested by fire, may redound to praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Yahshua the Messiah. So continue to praise Yahweh for this, even though now for a little while you may have had to suffer various trials. We shall have to learn to live more positive, happy, and praise-filled lives in obedience to this commandment if we want to hear His “Well done” on that day (cf. 1 Pet 1:6).
Patiently Endure
This we may have questioned, “Why should we be happy and glad under pressure? Why do James, Peter, and others say to be happy in the midst of testing and trouble?” The Bible teaches us that basically the testing of your faith produces patience. Patience is the quality of enduring hardship with calmness. Patience, therefore, develops your spiritual stamina in life. In other words, the problems and difficulties which Yahweh allows each one of us to experience are intended to make us more reliable and constant in our walk with the Master. To have patience means to have the quality of life which makes a man able, not only simply to suffer things, but to welcome them and to overcome them.
    The purpose here is to bring you to full growth and maturity as a Believer so that you may be complete. To be complete means to be fit for the task in the world which Yahweh has placed you to do His service and to provide service towards our fellow man. Many believers today are incompetent and ineffective to do Yahweh’s work because of the lack of patience and steadfastness. In our daily encounters with pressures and problems of modern living, let us seek for a more positive and lively cooperation with Yahweh’s purpose working in our lives.
Seek Wisdom From Above
By facing problems and temptations, not only is your patience developed, but it also produces divine wisdom in your life. To have wisdom from above is to have His guidance to know how to handle your life as you pass through each day. The Word of Yahweh directs all of us to seek and heartily trust Yah Elohim for His help when we face such testings and problems in life. When you are down, hurt, and discouraged when you are faced with making a tough decision, look to Yahweh for guidance and it (wisdom) shall be given to you. To be wise in trying times is a special gift of Yahweh, and to Him we must seek it. Let us confess our want of wisdom to Yahweh and daily ask it of Him. We have the greatest encouragement to do this: “He giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not,” James 1:5. Yea, it is expressly promised that it shall be given to every one who seeks or asks Yahweh for Wisdom. I am sure, Yahweh will help you in this and you may able to see His plan and purpose for your life.
Ask Yahweh in Faith
When Yahweh gives to all men generously and without reproach, He gives without any conditions and questioning as to whether you deserve it or not. One thing you have to bear in mind is that without faith you will receive nothing. Faith in Yahweh is a vital element in all of life. When the storms of life come down hard on you, keep your eyes fixed on Yahshua our Messiah. Yahshua can sustain you. He will keep you from falling. Let us not forget that Yahweh is taking this opportunity to shape us into the person He wants us to be. There is one thing necessary to be observed in our asking, namely, that we do it with a believing, steady mind. A mind that has but one single and prevailing regard to its spiritual and eternal interest, and that keeps steady in its purposes for Yahweh, will grow wise by afflictions, will continue fervent in its devotions, and will be able to sustain all trials and oppositions. As you, yourself, are facing all the difficulties and problems in life today, you can actually be joyful that Yahweh is working in your life.
    But the Elohim of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Yahshua the Messiah, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, establish, strengthen, settle you. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever, 1 Pet.5:10-11 HNB.
-Isaac Mung

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