Bible Reading James 1:2-4
And let endurance have its perfect result and do a thorough work, so that you may be perfect and completely developed [in your faith], lacking in nothing. James 1:4 (AMP)
Your frustration with God doesn’t change anything;
1) His love for you is still the same.
2) His protection of you is still the same.
3) His compassion for you is still the same.
4) And His plan for your life is still the same.
God is in the business of developing His character in the lives of His believers. I have recently talked to people who have said that God has been developing their character; testing their faith, patience, gentleness and self-control, myself included.
James 1 teaches us that despite what we may be going through or having to endure right now, we must consider those character-building trials and tests a pleasure. And, because we serve a good, good Father, there are benefits to doing so. James goes further and tells us when our faith is tested through our experiences, and we endure, in return, we experience spiritual maturity and inner peace, which results in being complete, lacking nothing!
I encourage you to be grateful and realize that your whining, complaining or frustrations do not persuade God. Instead, He loves you enough to not leave you where you are and continues to present situations that help develop you into the disciple He needs you to be.
Consider this: you don’t want to be developing discipline two days AFTER you’ve brought your newborn home from the hospital. By that time, it’s too late! Let God do what He needs to do in your life now, so that when you really need it, you have it.
Prayer: Abba, thank You for being a good, good, Father. Thank You for Your love, protection, compassion and plan for my life. Thank You that You love me far beyond my frustration and care more about developing my character to look more like Jesus. Thank You that I can consider it joy when I go through test and trials because I know in the end, I will be complete lacking nothing. Thank You! It is in Your son Jesus’ name I pray, amen!
*Note- Today’s Devo, is a repost from a previous one.*