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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
James doesn’t say if trouble comes your way but whenever it does. He assumes that we will have troubles and that it is possible to profit from them. The point is not to pretend to be happy when we face pain but to have a positive outlook (“let it be an opportunity for joy”) because of what troubles can produce in our life. James tells us to turn our hardships into times of learning. Tough times can teach us perseverance. (NLT)
James 1:2-8 – Dear brothers and sisters, whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy. For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything.
If you need wisdom—if you want to know what God wants you to do—ask him, and he will gladly tell you. He will not resent your asking. But when you ask him, be sure that you really expect him to answer, for a doubtful mind is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. People like that should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. They can’t make up their minds. They waver back and forth in everything they do.
There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death. – Proverbs 14:12 (NIV)
Jerry Bragalone (Pennsylvania) titled his story “A MISGUIDED GPS;” here is a portion of Jerry’s story:
“. . . As I read the newspaper article, I began to think how easily we can be misled or distracted as we travel through life. Our world can offer any number of tempting paths, which may or may not prove to be the right direction for us. Other people can persuade us to think that we are making right choices. But sometimes those options can lead us down roads that are potentially dangerous.
“Fortunately, through prayer, we can ask God for daily guidance and wisdom to know which paths are right for us. From God we can receive the kind of wisdom that goes beyond human reasoning. Centering our lives in daily prayer helps us find the way, guiding us toward joyful living and an eternal home.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Before making decisions, I will pray and listen for God’s answer.
Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, thank you for guiding us through life. Thank you for your wisdom that shows us what to do when we are faced with difficult decisions. Amen.
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE FACING A DIFFICULT DECISION
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