“What Suffering Causes”

What if that which we learned in hindsight became something we believed by faith in foresight? James says don’t waste a crisis. Instead of seeking the cause of suffering, celebrate what suffering causes. Instead of asking “Why is this happening,” consider asking, “What might God want to do?” Let God open your eyes to see what he wants to do in you, not just around you.

But suffering doesn’t guarantee growth. We need to let perseverance finish its work. When we freak out, we’re likely to short-circuit the process of perseverance. It’s especially temping if we’ve developed a habit of throwing pity parties and temper tantrums, but habits can be broken. Let’s begin a new habit of considering our crises correctly. Instead of seeking the cause of suffering, why not celebrate what suffering causes?

HOMEWORK

Work through James 1:2-4 with Jesus. Remember what he wants to do IN you – don’t waste a crisis.

Book Recommendations:

“Hunting Hope” – Nika Maples

“Fight Back with Joy” – Margaret Feinberg

Primary text: James 1:2-4
Other texts in this message: James 1:1,5,12,19,22,26, 1 Peter 4:12, Psalm 119:71, 1 Peter 1:6-7, Proverbs 17:3

WORSHIP SONG LIST

O Come to the Altar written by Mack Brock, Chris Brown, Steven Furtick, and Wade Joye

I'd Rather Have Jesus written by Rhea Miller and George Beverley Shea

This I Believe (The Creed) written by Matt Crocker and Ben Fielding

Christ is Enough written by Rueben Morgan and Jonas Myrin

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