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Letting Trials Make Us Wiser
The following was found in a diary that had been stored in an attic where Union sympathizer Virginia Miller stayed for a time during the Civil War: Wednesday night, January ...

Letting Trials Make Us Wiser

The following was found in a diary that had been stored in an attic where Union sympathizer Virginia Miller stayed for a time during the Civil War:

Wednesday night, January 1st, 1862 The first evening of another year! How little I dreamed one year ago, how frightened with startling and fearful events, the New Year would be! How little we can foresee the future and how thankful we should be to an All Wise God that such is the case. New Year ’61 has closed, its opening was dark and gloomy to me, but oh! how completely private grief’s have been swallowed up, the utter terror and amazement, at the complete destruction of our once glorious Union, and in sympathy for the hundreds—I might almost say thousands—of hearts and homes, made desolate by devastating war. Oh God! When will these things cease, and peace once more reign supreme throughout our unhappy country. Oh, Father grant that this terrible scourge may make us a wiser and better people, and in particular, I would implore Thy blessing upon me, in this New Year, prosper me in all my undertakings and make me Thy humble servant, for Jesus’ sake.

Virginia prayed that the Lord, through the terrible scourge of the Civil War, would make our country wiser. We would never gain wisdom, experience, or perseverance if the Lord did not allow us to go through some tough times. James admonishes us to let perseverance finish its work in our lives so we can become mature in Christ.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.

James 1:2–5


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