Excuses, Excuses!

Posted: 5th October 2011 by Rob in Uncategorized


James 1:1-8

   Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.                     

James begins the weavers needle pulling the thread of suffering through the outworkings of our life in faith to Christ Jesus. As he stitches together the life of faith marked by the patchwork trials every Christian must endure on their way to eternal glory, we are  pointed in his letter to divine reasons in which suffering is both helpful and is to be manifested. In each area summed up as economic, socal interaction and physical health, James encourages us to have a right response.

One of the simplest means of determining whether one is responding in a manner that is helpful or is reacting in a way that is harmful is to listen to the words expressed about the present situation of life. Are they receptive to what God has in store for the future, or are they complaining about the present temporal situation.   We all struggle with  the fact that “We are born crying, live complaining, and die disappointed.” Yet viewed in light of eternity in Christ, what we all face today is what Paul calls “light affliction.” (2Cor 4:17) So lets just lighten up a little and stop our grumbling and see what God has in store to which He has promised to those who love Him!

What say you?

Click here for a really good 12 point summary on reason for not complaining.