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April 30, 2016

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“Why art thou cast down, O my soul? … hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise Him.” Psalm 42:5

 

Here’s an anchor for your soul in the storms of life: “I am growing by His plan.”

 The book of James contains more than fifty commandments, and none are more difficult to obey than the very first: “Be joyful in the midst of trials.” As believers in Christ, there should never be a question of “if” we will experience trials and hardship in life, only “when.” So we should prepare as best we can in the meantime. After all, if our leader was persecuted and executed, should we expect more favorable treatment?

The Bible is replete with examples of men and women who faced trials and responded in a variety of different ways. In fact, trials are almost the norm in Scripture, with days without testing being the exception. In order to properly endure and weather hardships, there is something we need to know and believe. This knowledge and perspective is so vital that James chooses to begin his letter with such insights. When trials come your way, will you persevere with a prolonged, appropriate response? This is the only route toward maturity. Or will you suffer the duration of the trial resisting what God wants to teach you?

What is God’s plan for you? He wants to enlarge you, not indulge you. God is not so interested in making you happy and healthy as He is in making you holy. And so God will allow troubles to make you more like Christ.

 

Think about the times when you have grown the most. It is when your friend “Trouble” came along. I have grown the most in my own life in times of deepest despair.

 

 

Can you look at the troubles in your life not as adversaries, but as friends? Take a second look and get a godly perspective of it. See how you can become holy through hardship.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

 

 

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