Author: Elton Streyle, Contributor: Noah, Photography and Editing: Ali
Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to thank You for the encouragement found in James 1:2-11. Some of us are broken and tired after the various trials and difficulties of 2021. We need Your provision and uplifting hand as we go through the next year.
We are distinctly reminded each day of how far we have fallen from Your perfect plan. It is plain to see the devastation sin has caused in the world. As hard as it may be, I ask You to remind me, in difficulties and trials, that they are not in vain because You are always working everything together for ultimate good. Direct me to meditate on verses 2-3 as to what You are trying to accomplish. “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.”
I ask You to give me the wisdom and strength to see through the momentary pain and disappointments at any present circumstance, and give me lasting and true patience to experience verse 4b. “That you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” Shift my perspective this coming year to look for the spiritual benefits in going through trials. Show me how You are working through them for my good and how I can look at my trials leading to joy. In Jesus’ Name, thank you for this helpful teaching. Amen.