Jesus, be my FIRST Love always
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“CONSIDER… BECAUSE… YOU KNOW…” (v. 2-3)
Father, SOME weeks (or days) seem to come toward me as seven days at once! There have been days when the trials called for a “reality check” to see whether I was dreaming or really experiencing what I was. Some days I wondered if Job and I were co-stars in the same episode or mini-series?!?! (Job 1:13-22) Yet, through it all, my heart was always (is always) in YOUR hands.
When I say to You, “make me just like Jesus,” deep, deep down that’s precisely my desire. In the everyday kind of thoughts (the surface?), I’m “gritting my teeth” as I say “ok, I mean it, Lord. Bring it on.” Because I know what this passage says that I need to know (“the testing of your faith develops perseverance, [which] must finish its work so that [I] may be mature and complete, not lacking anything…”), I choose to follow You, to give You the throne of my heart. And besides, following in Jesus’ footsteps is no easy ride (1 Peter 2:21-23; Galatians 2:20); but I know You, Father, and I trust what You have in store for me. Thanks for growing my faith!
“…ASK GOD… AND IT WILL BE GIVEN…” (v. 5-8)
You, Father, are all-knowing and the Source of true wisdom. How wonderful for us, Your creation, that You are so generous with that wisdom! I ask You, Daddy, “Please pass the wisdom,” as I hold up my plate, awaiting a heaping helping. Each time I ask for a serving, help me not to doubt the portion or diet You dish out. Help me to take in the wisdom You serve up, digest it, and put to use the nutrients therein. It’s all that perseverance You’ve got at work in me that will help me not to doubt You, because You are increasing my faith. 🙂
In The Message paraphrase by Eugene Peterson, this passage is rendered: “Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So, don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.”
Thanks for Your “gifts” to me, Father. Thanks for using them to make me just like Jesus. Keep it up. Amen.