Daily Devotion, August 5, 2020 - Believing During Trials

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Daily Devotion – August 5, 2020
Reading:
James 1
Believing During Trials

I believe that it is safe to say that right now most Americans would say that as an individual and as a country we are going through some trials. It may seem that in these daily devotions, too much time is spent focusing on these trials but it is the reality of where we find ourselves right now amidst COVID-19 and divisiveness in our nation.

According to James it is not uncommon to be in a trial which is implied in verse 1 of his letter to the scattered twelve tribes. James says, “whenever you face trials of many kinds…”; he doesn’t say if but “whenever you face many kinds of trials to consider it pure joy.” What…consider trials to be pure joy? That is correct. James says consider trials to be pure joy because your faith is tested and when your faith is tested it produces perseverance. Perseverance in our faith results in met needs and wisdom. Whatever we lack to persevere and enjoy met needs and wisdom, we need only to ask God, who is generous, and it will be given to us. James then emphasizes that when we ask, we MUST believe that God will supply our every need during our trials. In the middle of our trials and in our humble circumstances we should have joy and take pride that God is with us during these trials and that we believe in God. But those who are rich and do not believe they need to rely on the Lord, will fade and wither like a wildflower. No amount of wealth can buy belief. It is our belief in God and not material things that keeps us stable, focused in all we do and sustains us as we face trials.

Tony Evans, former Chaplain of the Dallas Cowboys, says that at any given time we are about to enter a trial, are in the middle of a trial or are just coming out of a trial. Trials are part of our life and are going to happen. But when we believe in God, we can face trials with joy and perseverance and find rest in knowing that our needs will be met. Placing our complete faith and trust in the Lord (believing) strengthens us and results in joy and perseverance. We can have a healthy pride in knowing that these “trial” opportunities keep us humble in pointing to God as the one who delivers, equips and provides us with wisdom as we go through trials.

Dear God, thank you for giving us faith and imputing your righteousness upon us that we might have perseverance, wisdom, and humility in the middle of our trials. Help us to acknowledge that trials are going to happen and that as believers we can face our trials knowing that you will sustain us through them. We ask this in the name of the One who showed us how to persevere in the middle of trials by putting his complete faith and trust in You when He said "not my will but thine"…your, Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

 
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