Friday, April 22, 2011

Practical Advice From James 2

“So let it [your faith] grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” James 1.2-4 NLT

The men and women of faith in the past learned by experience that faith — real trust in God — grows best under duress. That God’s purposes will be accomplished, even in dark or seemingly impossible situations.

I think of Abraham on the mount, facing God’s command to sacrifice his son Isaac. Of Abigail, under intense stress because of her husband Nabal (whose name means “fool”). Of Joseph, fleeing with his family in darkness from Herod’s sword.
I know all this in my head. But real life stresses hit the gut more than the head.
Again and again God calls me to _trust_him_. To receive _all_ that happens _as_from_him_. Even when it goes against what I think that God should be doing.

Coffee/tea thought: Jesus’ prayer in the garden is a guiding model for us: “My Father! If it is possible let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” (Matt. 26.39)