Friday, December 4, 2015

Practicing Faith

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” –James 1:2-3

I like it best when Lexi and I don’t encounter any other dogs or people on our morning walk. It’s just easier. With no temptations to divert her, Lexi’s on her best behavior. I can relax and enjoy the stroll. However, I try to be grateful when we do meet someone else because it gives us a chance to practice Lexi’s training. Eventually she’ll learn to ignore temptation, and then all our walks will be pleasant and relaxing. Without a chance to practice, she’d never learn. We Christians like it best if we don’t encounter trial or temptation when we walk with God. It’s easier. With no temptations to divert us, we can follow God’s commandments. It’s a stroll beside quiet waters. However, James 1:2-3 urges us to find joy in trial because it gives us a chance to strengthen our faith. If our faith is never tested, we won’t learn to lean on God when we walk with him. We should thank God for the trials and temptations that give us a chance to practice our faith.

Dear God, Thank you for the opportunities to practice my faith so that it can grow stronger. Amen

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