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December 11, 2017, 11:13 AM

Wax On, Wax Off


We have all had those seasons in life where it seems as if the world was crashing down around you and the first thought that crosses your mind each morning is, “What disaster is going to happen to me today?”  It’s in these times when we are either drawn closer to God or turn away from Him.  The perspective of the trials has much to do with our response.  In James’ letter (1:2-4), he tells his readers to consider the various trials of life as opportunities for rejoicing.  I don’t know about you but I don’t think I have ever celebrated losing a job, struggling financially, a sick child, personal attacks on Facebook, or any other myriads of struggles and persecutions for my faith.  These are some of the very types of things James says that we should rejoice over.  Not necessarily because they are happy times, but rather because we know that as followers of Christ they are preparing us, strengthening us, and maturing us in our faith.  In fact, James says that enduring these types of things can make us complete and not lacking anything if we will face them with the right spiritual attitude.  That attitude is one described as steadfastness and it must be allowed to have its full effect on us in order to accomplish its purpose in us.  Daniel-son had no idea why Mr. Miyagi wanted him to sand the floor, wax the car, paint the fence, stand in the ocean, balance on a boat, or stand on one leg at the top of a pole.  That is until he was able to understand the purpose of such things and understand the outcome they were working toward.  It may seem pointless to have to endure the “wax on, wax off” trials in life but know that they are preparing, training, and bringing you closer to being spiritually mature and complete with a faith in God that is not found to be lacking. 

Robert


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