Count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. James 1:2-3
For many years I have struggled with perfection but this morning I received a burst of fresh air by rereading James 1:2-3. This scripture tells us to celebrate the lesson in our failures or delays to destiny because it is teaching us to depend on something bigger than us. It reminds us that it is God who is control and not us.
As I continued to read James chapter 1 I learned that the perfection is in the patience, allowing God to move in His own timing. It goes on to tell us that if you want wisdom about how to proceed in a matter even after the failure, even after the mistake, even after your vision seems to be on an indefinite pause to just ask God. He is so gracious that He will give it to you without regard to what you have done. God wants us to have a sincere and humble heart. Coming to ask Him for help is an expression of that sincerity and humility.
Now, when you ask God for wisdom for your next steps, you cannot ask him with a doubting heart. The bible calls that double minded. You cannot do something negative and positive at the same time. Think about your best friend and your worst enemy at the same time. Who did you think more about in that moment? It’s the same principle. You cannot ask God to bless something that you believe is His will and doubt that it is going to happen. Faith requires a full commitment of trusting that no matter what, God is in control. The faith is not in receiving the blessing. It is trusting that God will give us the blessing that belongs to us.
Ultimately we have to decide who we will allow to drive our spiritual car. Will we allow God to drive or will we move Him out of the way? Will we not be overtaken by shame and guilt when our plans fail or will we count it all joy? I am learning to count it all joy and to ask God for wisdom on next steps to move forward. What will you do?
Just another day’s journey of trusting God’s perfection instead of my imperfection.