The Psalmist proclaims in Psalm 119:67-68, “Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep your Word. You are good, and do good, therefore, teach me your statutes.”
In today’s text, James is going to teach us a lesson very similar to the one found in this Psalm. He will show how the devil uses temptation to lead us astray from God and His glorious light and into a cloud of darkness. But God will use the affliction we suffer in that darkness to bring us back to Him. He will do that and give us every perfect gift we need in order live our lives in “the sunny skies “ of His presence, not because we deserve it, but because He is good and does good for those who love Him.