James 1:2-4 - Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Lord Jesus, I hate trials and hardships that enter my life. I groan under the weight of it. I sigh under the pain of it. I complain under the length of it. And now James wants me that pain to give me joy!?! Lord God, when I’m suffering and am troubled, I kick against these trials, but in your love for me you want me to see my trials in a new way. You want me to see that my trials are producing perseverance in me and so much more. As a sculptor, you are chiseling away the impurities and imperfections in my way of thinking. You are chipping away at the sin in my heart and mind. You are chipping away everything in me that does not reflect you. Yes, Lord, when you look at me you want to see yourself. But you don’t, not always, not often. There are so many inconsistencies in me. I say that I believe this, but act in a completely other way. I say that I confess this, but don’t live in a way consistent with that. Yet, Lord your desires for me is that I would be complete and perfect in every way. So, Lord, as painful as a prayer that this is, complete your work in me. Keep working on me through the trials and troubles that you send into my life to make me mature and complete, so that I don’t lack a thing. Shape me into your image more and more each day, dear Savior. Amen.
Our Christianity is full of deep inconsistencies.
God is on a mission to make us whole and complete, to remove the inconsistencies.
Dear Christian, “Let perseverance finish its work in you.”
Refuel Faith: Luke 7
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