Dear brothers and sisters, a whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy.
For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.
So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything.
If you need wisdom -- if you want to know what God wants you to do -- ask him, and he will gladly tell you. He will not resent your asking.
But when you ask him, be sure that you really expect him to answer, for a doubtful mind is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.
People like that should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.
They can't make up their minds. They waver back and forth in everything they do.
Christians who are b poor should be glad, for God has honored them.
And those who are rich should be glad, for God has humbled them. They will fade away like a flower in the field.
The hot sun rises and dries up the grass; the flower withers, and its beauty fades away. So also, wealthy people will fade away with all of their achievements.
God blesses the people who patiently endure testing. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
And remember, no one who wants to do wrong should ever say, "God is tempting me." God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else either.
Temptation comes from the lure of our own evil desires.
These evil desires lead to evil actions, and evil actions lead to death.
So don't be misled, my dear brothers and sisters.
Whatever is good and perfect comes to us from God above, who created all heaven's lights. c Unlike them, he never changes or casts shifting shadows.
In his goodness he chose to make us his own children by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his choice possession.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)