Situated in a “no-want state”

James 1--2-3

The Verse of the Day for January 20, 2016 comes from James 1:2-3 (NLT) to which I add verse 4:

2 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

In the New Living Translation the words “Faith and Endurance” serve as a preface to this section of Scripture. The passage also brings to mind that as we wait on the Lord, we are not waiting in a state of anxiety, not in a state of doubt or fear, as we encounter life’s fiery “trials” or “troubles” or “tribulations” or “tests.” Instead, the state in which we wait is the state of patience—we are patiently waiting. Not too long ago, I heard a message entitled “A No Want State,” a life-altering teaching related to James 1:2-4 based on the King James Version:

2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

As believers, we strive to situate ourselves where we are “perfect and entire, wanting nothing—in a ‘no-want state,’ ” the title of this poem that opens with the section of scriptures from James 1:2-4:

“A No-want State”
James 1:2-4

Right now we are striving to arrive at a “no-want state,”
A place of assurance that God alone is in control
In our zeal to please God, we learn to labor and to wait
While still running to serving the Lord as life’s highest goal.
Pressed by enemies that seek to steal, kill, and to destroy,
Our ability to trust God is once more put to the test
In every fiery trial we trust God and count it all joy,
Especially in the midst of great turmoil and unrest.
God knows where we are at this time; nothing is by chance.
He has given freely of His spirit that we might know
That in Christ we prevail despite each adverse circumstance.
When our faith is tested, our endurance will also grow.
As we yield to patience and allow her to have her way,
We are perfected to stay the course and trust and obey.

Hebrews 10:36 also offers this reminder in the New Living Translation:

Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.

Knowing this, we can count it all joy when we encounter various fiery trials that test our faith and build patient endurance.

We close as the Winans offer this musical reminder based on the passage from James: “Count it all Joy.”

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