What do you do when life knocks you down?

The life of hard knocks isn’t fun,

and the pressures of life are stressful.

But James the brother of Jesus could say,

“If you don’t have all the wisdom needed for this journey, then all you have to do is ask God for it; and God will grant all that you need. He gives lavishly and never scolds you for asking,” (James 1:5)

James knew who to go to when he faced trials of any kind. The wisdom he gained from his trials he passed on to his friends. He knew everyone needs wisdom when facing the pressures of life.

James the brother of Jesus was no stranger to trials. At the time James wrote his letter all the Jews were driven out of their homeland. The Romans took their homes from them and looted their land. They had no way to make a living. No one would hire them.

The Romans ripped apart families and dealing with these pressures day by day were more than they could bear. They were worn out and tired.

Life for these new Jewish Christians, persecuted for their newfound faith, needed to know how to hold fast to the Living God. They would have to grow up in the Lord.

James was a book that helped me in 1990. I faced a major health issue, and the pressures of life wore me out.

I learned if James could expect the Jewish Christians to hold fast and grow in the Lord in the middle of those crushing circumstances, there was hope for me.

I believe the Lord expects the same for you.

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