In John 10:10 Jesus promises His followers abundant life. This blog is about my life as His follower.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Faith life forced into the open

As I read from James 1:1-4 this morning these words struck a chord:

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Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.
James 1:2-4 (MSG)

These verses fit exactly where I am at right now.

I have an inner struggle that goes like this:

I want to want God to be in the driver’s seat of my life, but I also want everything to be about me.  My driving motivation is frequently comfort, ease, and pleasure. 

Less than a week ago I was encouraged by my employer to resign from a job.  It was not fair, conclusions were drawn that were not accurate, I was blamed for situations that were not my fault.  It felt like my former employer wanted the proverbial scapegoat and I was it.  The national unemployment rate is 7.7%, my state rate is 9.4%, and my part of the state is 10.9%.  Having been on the employer hiring side of the equation for the last couple of years, I’m well aware of how many people are applying for the same jobs that I have applied for this past week.  Sound like ‘tests and challenges come at you from all sides”?

I appreciate Peterson’s turn of the phrase “your faith life is forced into the open and shows its true colors” This is a time for me to see what I really believe.  Do I trust God or not?  This is a time in my life when I get to face my doubts.  I speak words of faith all day but then, in the wee hours of the morning, I notice my fitful bouts of sleep.  During my short sleep stints I have dreams regarding work.

So the counsel here for me is to refrain from trying to “get out of anything prematurely.  Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way”.  I do want to be mature and not deficient in any way.  So I pray that God will work in me, change me, develop me into who He wants me to be, during these trying days.
 



2 comments:

RCUBEs said...

At work, inmates who hide contraband are so nervous when custody does n unannounced shakedowns knowing those things would be taken away and that...the more they are in trouble.

I believe the Lord is doing the same thing with His children, time to time, shaking their foundations of faith to have them see what values they hold on to. If not, to make them have their faith be increased knowing how they need to depend on Him.

But what joy when believers set their eyes on those things that have eternal values! I know sister Tracy...through this recent shakedown, you are not alone. He is faithful to strengthen and comfort you because He loved you first! May you always remain strong in His mighty power!

Tracy said...

Thank you for your encouragement Rcubes - it means more to me than I know how to say. I want to hold onto only those things that are eternal. I'm grateful that God is in control of our lives and I can count on Him.

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