Faith and Endurance

July 4th, 2014

For my morning devotions I am moving on to the Book of James. I really like James as it is full of practical advice.

The first heading in the book is “faith and endurance” is found in James 1:2-18 NLT. Verse 2 sets it up when it says, “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy”.

I don’t know about you but great joy is not my first reaction when trouble comes my way! Often it is worry, stress and uncertainty.

But before long my reaction turns to prayer. My thoughts turn towards God and I seek His wisdom and understanding in the troubles.

At first I am more focussed on seeking God and asking for help, protection, wisdom and strength. I do this because I know His help from the past.

In the midst of the situation I have learned to ask some questions. Where is God in the midst of this? And what is He trying to teach me?

I have learned that troubles and hard times grow my faith and trust in God. They have a way of compressing me like the way pressure makes diamonds.

Verese 12 reminds us that, “God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him”.

If you are going through a hard time at the moment consider it pure joy becasue God is at work in the midst of the situation and blessing is coming.

He is not only helping and supporting you, but He is growing you in the process. Faith and endurance produces diamond like faith… and that is the type of faith we all need.

God Bless,

Dave

 
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