Devotional for Thursday November 21st

Good Morning Everyone,

Our theme for this month: “Trusting God”

Our Bible verse for today: “Consider it great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1:2-4 (HCSB)

Our thought for today: “Your struggles make you stronger.”

The story has often been told about the boy who was observing a butterfly attempting to emerge from its cocoon. Slowly, over an extended period, the butterfly pushed and fought and struggled to force its way out of the cocoon. Finally the impatient boy, in what he believed to be an act of help and compassion, took a sharp knife and slit the cocoon, thereby sparing the butterfly all the additional time and struggle that it would have taken for it to work its own way out of the cocoon.

As the boy watched the butterfly emerge he expected to see it spread its wings and fly, but that didn’t happen. What should have been a beautiful butterfly instead remained a hunched and shriveled thing that limped around the table for a short time and then fell over and died.

What the boy failed to realize was that the struggle required for the butterfly to fight its way out of the cocoon, was the very activity that would have forced fluid through its veins and would have provided the strength needed for its wings to unfold and for its body to be fully formed. By cutting the struggle short the boy had inadvertently short-circuited the very process that would have resulted in the butterfly being fully formed, strong, and beautiful.

This is the kind of process James was describing in James 1:2-4. God uses our times of struggles to strengthen us. Struggle becomes the process whereby we grow strong. Adversity is the process through which God transforms us into the people He wants us to be. Trials and struggles are never fun, but they are necessary. You can trust God not only to get you through it, but also to use it to make you strong.

God Bless,

Pastor Jim

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