Google+ 03/28/14 Christ Dying on a Cross Wasn't Fair Either!

James 1:2-4

 

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way,

Consider it an opportunity for great joy.

For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.

So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed,

You will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

 

James reminds us of something none of us want to hear, but must be reminded of in our walk with God.  No one ever said that life was fair, certainly not God.  Since the first time that a teacher "curved" the grades on a test so no one would fail, while we studied hard and got a 97, we have been proclaiming to all that will listen that "Life isn't fair!"  Often we work hard at our jobs, only to find someone else got the promotion.  Notice that James does not say, "IF troubles come your way."  Troubles are a part of Christian life and James makes that perfectly clear by using the words, "WHEN troubles come your way!"   Can we really experience great joy during our period of trouble?  Yes we can and it really is a good thing.  Our conflicts and struggles make us grow in Christ.  Notice that James tells us we will not be perfect and complete and need nothing until we have troubles!  I encourage all of us to look at our daily struggles that "aren't fair" as God's way of making us perfect in His sight.  As we struggle, we get closer to God through His love.  The greatest struggles we can have are those that we personally have no answers for without God.  These are the times when we can choose to lift our prayers to the Almighty and let Him be God.  I would like to gently, but firmly, remind us that we are not in control and life isn't fair.  We need to remove those words from our vocabulary.  Don't be bitter, but be joyful.  When we are completely frustrated and feel abandoned, remember this important fact.  "Christ Dying on a Cross Wasn't Fair Either!"