Read James 1: 1-12
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial
because, having stood the test, that person
will receive the crown of life that the Lord
has promised to those who love him.
My wife and I enjoy college sports. The traditions and
strong loyalties appeal to us. In all honesty, when our team
is winning, being a loyal
fan is easy. Nevertheless,
we have lived through the
prosperous years and the
lean years with our team,
as any true fan does.
In the same manner,
for people of faith, being hopeful during the perfect times in
our lives is easy. During the times of difficulty, our faith can
be tested. We might become negative and less hopeful when
our lives don’t appear to be going our way.
Being in the middle of a financial or health crisis makes
life look bleak. But God is with us to help us through the
tough patches. God is the source of our strength to overcome
and to win the final victory. God will never abandon us, so
we need to continue to walk our life’s path with the Lord.
Through faith and prayer, we will overcome.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, give us strength that will see us
through hard times. Remind us that you are with us and that
with you, we cannot lose. Amen.
Don Kamps (Iowa)
Prayer Focus: SPORTS FANS
— James 1: 12 (NIV)
Thought for the Day
On God’s team, the
victory is ours.