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August 29, 2013

The Tension

We often hear people voice their belief, noisily or subtly, that their difficulties represent a unique kind of affliction that should not be and has somehow been especially visited upon them. But a great truth is life is difficult. Surprisingly, once we accept the fact that life is difficult it no longer matters; it is just an accepted reality. We set ourselves up for disappointment to expect otherwise. If we truly grasp this we aren’t surprised when trials and hardships come.

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4.

This keeps us from expecting a perfect life in an imperfect world; it’s never going to happen. You realize we are not in Heaven yet, and you’ll no longer think that it is really weird that you’ve got a problem. No, if you have a pulse, you have problems. But it’s no cause to despair. James tells us that through trials and testing, our faith is developed and we become mature and complete. Remember, we live in a fallen world but it’s not the end of the story, the best is yet to come.