Our study of James is calling me to do some deep soul searching.
As believers, we are to have only one attitude toward the various trials in our lives:
Not joy over the particular circumstances,
but joy in what God will do through those circumstances
IF WE ALLOW HIM TO.
I would be less than honest if I didn’t assure you that I am far from there yet!!!
But I do desire to “count it all joy…”
That is what God wants for each of us.
He wants us to trust Him no matter what arises in our lives.
Can we do that?
Absolutely, if we are born-again followers of His.
He even gives us the means to do that;
the resurrection power of the Holy Spirit that indwells every true believer.
I know God is trying to lead me to that place
as almost every day I am presented with a devotional or Scripture
or something that deals with that very subject.
Today has been no different.
To finish this post, I am going to share with you the prayer for today
in Thirty-One Days of Praise by Ruth Meyers.
I love this book that was given to me by my sweet sister-in-Christ, Jo.
Make this your prayer, too.
“Father, I’m delighted that You are both loving and sovereign,
and that You cause all things to work together for good to those who love you,
to those who are called according to Your purpose.
So I thank You for each disturbing or humbling situation in my life,
for each breaking or cleansing process you are allowing,
for each problem or hindrance, for each thing that triggers in me anxiety or anger or pain.
And I thank You in advance for each disappointment, each demanding duty, each pressure,
each interruption that may arise in the coming hours and days.
In spite of what I think or feel when I get my eyes off You,
I choose not to resist my trials as intruders, but to welcome them as friends.
Thank You that each difficulty is an opportunity to see You work …
that in Your time You will You will bring me out to a place of abundance.
I rejoice that You plan to enrich and beautify me through each problem,
each conflict, each struggle…
that through them You expose my weaknesses and needs,
my hidden sins, my self-centeredness
(and especially my self-reliance and pride.)
Thank You that You use trials to humble me and perfect my faith
and produce in me the quality of endurance…
that they prepare the soil of my heart for the fresh new growth in godliness that You
and I both long to see in me…
and that my momentary troubles are producing for me an eternal glory that far
outweighs them all, as I keep my eyes focused on You.
I’m, grateful that You look beyond my superficial desire for a
trouble-free life; instead, You fulfill my deep-down desire to glorify you,
enjoy Your warm fellowship, and become more like Your Son.”
I thank You for the bitter things
They’ve been a friend to grace,
They’ve driven me from the paths of ease
To storm the secret place.
-Florence White Willett
Lots of love, Sharon