We had cold and sleet here yesterday. Can you believe that? It’ll be almost 70 degrees again today, though. Unreal.
That sort of leads me to today’s topic. Sometimes we face trials that seem unreal. Shock sets in, which includes a numbness and a feeling of disbelief.
Life can be wonderful. But…life can also be anything but that. When testing comes, we must work through those things – things that devastate us and set our world on a tilt.
While reading the first chapter of James (a favorite) last week, I was drawn to James 1:12.
When I read that verse, which I’ve read many times before, I wondered…
What is the crown of life?
We don’t discuss crowns of reward all that much. I know rewards shouldn’t be our focus, but crown of life caught my attention.
Are you in a trial right now?
A trial of tragedy or severe calamity can bring us to a state of hopelessness or depression…sometimes to the point of wanting to give up.
How do we find hope again?
Tragedies can be devastating and any tragedy can appear, at least for a while, to be without remedy. We might even have the quiet thought that it is beyond God’s ability or outside of His will to heal things.
As I’ve read through the Bible with the Jubilee Journey group this year, God has dealt with me mightily on this subject.
God gives us countless promises in His word. It is sin to doubt His word. God never changes, and He keeps His promises.
Cling to God’s promises in His word.
If we cling to the Lord and don’t let despair take over, we will endure the trial. Look to the Lord, not at your problem.
He will give you hope again.
If we focus on Him, He gives us patience while we wait for His timing in fulfilling His promises. Does it encourage you that you’ll receive the crown of life?
What is the crown of life?
After some research, this is the best way I can explain it: The crown of life denotes a special relationship with the Lord that develops as a result of enduring trials of great tragedy.
Drawing closer to our Father during a time of great need brings us into a more intimate relationship with Him. We must choose to either drown in hopeless despair or to continue loving and serving the Lord.
Those who love God choose to trust Him when their world is shattered.
There’s something about committing to love Him and live for Him, no matter what happens, that brings us to a level of intimacy with Him that changes us forever. The reward for that in heaven is receiving the crown of life.
Now, that sounds like a very good reward for the suffering. But, the best reward is the deepened relationship with the Father – such a spectacular reward!
Blessings for a spectacular Sunday!