God's Working People

See the problems of life as opportunities to grow your maturity in Christ

God’s Working People
The Work of Keeping Peace of Mind – Part III

Scripture Reading: James 1:1-8

Key Verses: James 1:2-3
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.

Today, let’s continue the study of our “work” at keeping peace in our heart and minds.

One of the key elements in our peace is how we look at the troubles that come our way. If we see them as horrible circumstances and ask God why He allows them to come into our lives, we certainly lose our joy and peace.

James is challenging Christ-followers to stop considering these troubles as horrible circumstances and start considering them as ways to make us strong in the Lord.

Exercise is an example of this type of perspective. We know that we are going to face some pain, sweat, and sore muscles. But we do it anyway because we want to get strong and healthy. If we consider the pain a horrible thing, we would stop exercising and thus give up the goal of being strong and healthy.

Join me in deciding that when God allows trials of life to come our way, it is not a horrible thing. We know this life has problems and trials, so we can decide ahead of time to go through them with the knowledge that God uses trials and problems to make us spiritually strong and healthy. If we have this attitude, today’s Key Verses tell us that we can face this life with joy, knowing that God works in us as we put our faith in Him.

The next verse after today’s Key Verses says:

Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:4)

If you ask any true Christ-follower if they want to be mature and complete in Christ, they will answer “yes, absolutely!”. That answer can be like people saying, “I wish I could play the piano well” and they can if they are willing to pay the price of practicing the many hours that good piano players practice. All true Christ-followers want to be mature and complete in Christ, but not all Christ-followers are willing to do what it takes.

It certainly is not easy but join me in trying to get better at seeing the problems of this life as opportunities to grow our maturity in Christ. If you do, you will start seeing problems with a joyful attitude, knowing what they produce in your life.

Father, I want to be mature and complete in Christ. Grant me strength to see the problems I face as ways to reach this goal. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.

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