I’m not really sure who reads this blog each week. There would be some who read this that I may not know very well, while others of you fully know the struggles and challenges my family and I have been facing lately. Ironically, I remember saying something to my wife about 2 months ago about how well everything seems to be going in every aspect of our life together. It is almost scary how suddenly things can change for the worse. How can it be that James would even try to tell us to “count it all joy” when we face all kind of trials? Why would Paul also tell us in Romans 5:3 to “rejoice in our sufferings” and “give thanks in all circumstances” in 1st Thessalonians 5:18? The icing on the cake is (and applicable in my current situation) is when Jesus says in Matthew 5:11, “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.”
The scriptures mentioned above sound wonderful…. I know them to be true but doing what they say can be a challenge. If this is not challenging enough lets take it to another level by understanding that we are to also “… love our enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44) and “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them” Romans 12:14.
We’ve just looked at a lot of scriptures that can be very challenging to follow in the times of trouble. I’m thankful that I can at least read them although I’ve not yet fully grasped how to do exactly what they say. I want to know how to do this and I want to know why! May I now present James 1:2
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
It all comes down to a testing of my faith! Do I truly believe all the things about God that I say I do? Does God really protect, avenge, provide, comfort, and help me? Am I able to trust God enough in my situation that I’ll continue to keep Him first and foremost in my life? Can I cast all my cares upon him and trust that He cares for me? If I can do this then my faith in God will produce a steadfastness that will enable me to lack in nothing. A man who lacks in nothing can be used to do incredible things for God’s glory. I want to be that kind of man. I’ll end this posting now so I can go and sincerely pray and bless those who persecute me and trust that God is the father of my children before I am…. it is He who will protect them and in this I will trust. Blessed is best!!
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