Hold on

Had a moment of grace from James the other day, a New Testament writer who gets the shaft fairly often for the perception that he’s too hard on us.

But I heard this:

When I face trials – of any kind –
My double-mind is exposed: the mind of faith, and the mind of doubt.

The mind of doubt foolishly says,
“The storm is too great! The shore is too far!
Hope is ridiculous. Rescue is impossible. Treading water is futile.”

The mind of faith wisely says,
“I am in God’s hands. The storm is in God’s hands.
I trust God. I lack nothing. This passing storm can’t take my life from God.”

If I surrender this doubting mind, and ask God, in the mind of faith, for more wisdom,
through the process of testing, God is generously building endurance in me.

He is working this out while I trust him, and tend to whatever he has for me today.

“Let the believer who is lowly boast in being raised up.”

It’s finals week for Seaver, and many among us are waiting for the semester to pass and anxiously looking for a sign of what’s next.

And here are 2 things I have to remember:

This, too, shall pass.

Whatever is next, is is in the hands of a loving God.

It’s been said before, and sung before, but every time I hear it, it’s a little bit different. As I trust it a bit more, it’s also a little bit better.

It’s hard to wait, but even in the waiting, God is at work.

C’mon up.

James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greetings. My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you. But ask in faith, never doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind; for the doubter, being double-minded and unstable in every way, must not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Let the believer who is lowly boast in being raised up….

James 1:1-9a


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