James 1:4

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. James 1:4

Remember the progression of thought –

1) consider trials as pure joy;
2) because these test faith;
3) faith develops patience.

In this verse, we see what brings us to a state of fullness and maturity. This is not something which comes immediately, but rather it needs to be developed in us. As James says, “But let patience have its perfect work.” Being patient is a part of the process of being molded into what the Lord knows is right for us to be fully developed. Without it, we may possess faith, but our attitude during trials will inevitably be seen as inappropriate to the situation.

Without patience, the devil will find a place to wear us down and bring about an undesirable outcome. And so we are to not only consider trials as pure joy, but to continue to do so, even if they continue on without any seeming hope of their coming to an end. In this, the benefit is not only for us individually, but it is the Lord’s intent that our patient attitude will become an example for others to see and emulate. This is reflected in the words of David –

“I waited patiently for the Lord;
And He inclined to me,
And heard my cry.
He also brought me up out of a horrible pit,
Out of the miry clay,
And set my feet upon a rock,
And established my steps.
He has put a new song in my mouth—
Praise to our God;
Many will see it and fear,
And will trust in the Lord.” Psalm 40:1-3

When we come to this point, we are lacking nothing in our faith. As James next says, we are to let patience work itself out so “that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” The word translated as “perfect” is teleios. It signifies “full grown” or “of full age.” It is completion in all of its parts. It is what Jesus said in the beatitudes, “Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” There, the same word is used twice. Once it explains how we are to be, and then it reveals how our Father in heaven is.

We are to develop to such a state that we reflect the same maturity of person that is seen in our heavenly Father. It is a high calling indeed. The importance of patience is also spoken of directly in relation to the trials which were to be set before the disciples. Jesus said this to them –

“By your patience possess your souls.” Luke 21:19

Patience is something that reveals one of the aspects of God. He has patiently endured the troubles man has sent His way from the very beginning of our time on earth. And yet, he has preserved mankind despite our bent towards wickedness. As God is so very patient, we are called to be so too. This, so that we can be perfect and mature in His presence.

In these verses of James, a training technique known as an anadiplosis is used. It is a style of writing, using repetition, where the last word of a clause, sentence, or section is then repeated at the beginning of the next clause, sentence, or section. In James’ words, patience led to patience; perfect work led to perfect (in person); lacking nothing will lead to lacking wisdom; asking of the giving of God will lead to that being given; asking in faith and not doubting will lead to he who doubts. Pay attention to such literary devices as they will help you more fully understand what the author is revealing as he progresses.

Life application: What trial are you facing right now (or for even an extended period) in your life? Suppose you are facing a major health problem. This is testing your faith as you learn to trust the Lord in an issue that isn’t simply resolved by medicine or professional help.

As your faith in the Lord increases, you learn to persevere through this particular trial. But there is another important point to learn. All of the other matters which once seemed so burdensome no longer carry the same weight in your life. You learn to discern what is truly of value and that which is trivial in nature. Once you come to trust in, and rely on, the Lord in this manner, you have become a mature Christian. James says you are not lacking anything.

God is our Creator. When we trust Him completely in every way and in all issues, we come to the final point of our faith relationship. We come to rely on the One who we should have been relying on all along. He Created us, He is sustaining us even now, and He is aware of all things at all times. There is nothing that will come our way which is outside of His knowledge or ability to control. It took Job about 40 chapters of the Bible to fully realize that, but when he did he exclaimed –

“I know that You can do everything,
And that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You.” Job 42:2

As this is so, then why be troubled over difficulties in health, finances, relationships, or any other aspects of which you may have no control? He can handle them and He will in the way that is best. Have faith in His wisdom.

Lord, despite trials which are difficult, help us to persevere through them that our trust and faith in You will be built up to a perfect state. May we lack nothing in our faith as a testimony to our complete trust in Your splendid hand. In the end, may You receive the glory as we walk by faith in this world of trials and hardships. Amen.

8 thoughts on “James 1:4

  • Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 at 7:05 am

    BLESS GOD PRAISE JESUS! I personally don’t believe that God would give us anything that we can’t learn from, grow from ,and eventually overcome by faith in HIS great work.

  • Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 at 7:20 am

    Second thought I got this morn , Sometimes it troubles me with those that would claim to be Christians who don’t need to read the Bible because they have the word of God written on their heart it sure seems like they have trouble translating into English, or any other language. By their fruits I suppose,, I once thought I had special license to avoid reading the Bible because of my ability to translate at times but found my arguments utterly pointless as they required spiritual discernment that comes first from hearing the words direct from sources to have effect when arguing with the dead. You see it’s GOD that raises the dead, not ego. Am I wrong?
    If you read this post bless you , I rarely have the occasion to waffle on, in public that is . So thank you for your patience

    • Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 at 5:46 pm

      Well said, Brother! I encountered one of these folks last week. He is on every conspiracy site on the planet… has time for that, but no time for the Bible. He believes all the lies about the Jews and finally, I said, “Why don’t you try reading your Bible.”

      Too much work, I’m sure. YT is so much easier to waste one’s life on.

  • Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 at 8:07 am

    It strikes me that our faith may not result in the quick answer to a prayer or in the way that we think it should come, rather it is a growing awareness that God already knows each situation that we pray about, and we are joyful as we give it over to Him each time we struggle on withthat burden. He is able,

  • Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 at 8:19 am

    thank you and thank you s and john for your comments . love and prayers to all my s.w. friends

  • Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 at 11:15 am

    Well there it is! I have to show this to my wife so she will see she has confused patience for procrastination! I keep telling her be patient I will get to it. 🙂 ….real patience is a gift for sure that we need to embrace fully so the demon of impatient’s doesn’t get a foot hold on us. I know this demon is lurking deep in the background waiting to pounce on every little mistake I make and it’s not a pretty sight when he gets out. This is something I have been very cognitive of for a very long time and that I actively work on daily. When I finally recognized the two me’s in this I hated the impatient me and thank God he has helped me keep a lid on the impatient me for the most part. I guess this is why waiting for the rapture is not an issue for me it happens when it happens but sadly many people are listening to these people that claim they have seen the date of the rapture or telling people to watch for a certain date they have seen in a dream only to have nothing happen and have more people become disappointed and disillusioned Waiting for the lords return for his church. God said no one not even the son knows the day or date of his coming so why do these people believe they are being given information Jesus doesn’t have yet??? As I said to one person regarding this, question, who is the author of the dreams that give you days and dates, it can’t be God based on whe he told us. We have to be decerning and realize Satan can invade our dreams and decieve us. The only thing we need to know is we are in the season we were told to watch for and that we are the generation that will not pass away. Patience patience patience we are there and we are going home any moment now that is all we need to know Amen

    Great comments everyone, I always feel blessed and enlightened when I read them.

    I have to say this was an auto finger comment from me. The lord has for two weeks kept this whole thing about dates right in my face and wanting me to speak out on it. I think he too has had enough of the dates deception being played out on his people. It’s time to open their eyes to this deception and get them back on the narrow path and to be patient for his coming.

    We ARE another day closer to home
    Grace mercy and peace on you and yours
    God bless my friends we fly soon

    • Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 at 5:48 pm

      Let me know how your “patience versus procrastination” talk goes. If you have to remove a frying pan from your cranium, I will assume she wasn’t so happy…


  • Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    God bless each of you!


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