Daily Devotional Rev. Johnnie Flakes,III - May 21, 2010
Our devotion for today comes from James 1:12 "Blessed is a man who endures trials, because when he passes the test he will receive the crown of life that He has promised to those who love Him."
Wherever you are today (Selah), think on this; too many of us view our trials the way we watch television. Some televisions have a second channel in the corner of your screen that enables you to divide your focus and watch two programs at once. A lot of us try to superimpose our human viewpoint on the screen of God's will for our lives. God gives us divine perspective, then we open up a second screen, a human one, and try to figure it all out.
Don't waste your trials by trying to fit them into your limited vision and understanding or you'll end up frustrated. It's much better to trust God, rest in His wisdom and take Him at His word.
A spiritual perspective on your trials will keep you from buckling under the weight of them when times are hard. When you begin to look at your trials from God's perspective, your spirit is renewed and you're enabled to press on and receive what God has waiting for you. James writes, "Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life."
Now the Crown of life is not just something you receive in Heaven, you can enjoy it today. And who's it for? Those believers who "persevere." When God gives you this Crown, He's saying, "You've passed another life test, now you're ready for a new level of blessing." Remember the wonderful feeling you had when you passed some of your hardest tests in school? Don't get discouraged. God is up to something good. Keep going don't stop until you receive the Crown of life.
Have a blessed persevering day!
Your brother in Christ,
J. H. Flakes, III