The book “The Road Less Traveled” begins with these words: “Life is difficult.” Because we are in a fallen world under the curse of God life is difficult for everyone. How do you deal with tough times? Today’s devotional will give you important help there. God bless you.
Because of Calvary,
James 1:2-8James 1:2-8 English Standard Version (ESV)
Testing of Your Faith
2 Count it all joy, my brothers,[a] when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
Isaiah 43:1-2Isaiah 43:1-2 English Standard Version (ESV)
Israel’s Only Savior
43 But now thus says the Lord,
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
James 1:2-8; Isaiah 43:1-2
“What is your trial, Christian? ‘Oh, a dark one!’ sayest thou. It may be so, but his rod and his staff shall comfort thee; his right hand shall guide thee. What is thy grief, Christian? ‘Ah, a deep one!’ sayest thou. But ‘when thou passest through the waters,’ Jesus whispers, ‘I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.’ In the old Pilgrim’s Progress I used to read in my grandfather’s house, I remember the picture of Hopeful in the river holding Christian up; and the engraver has done it very well. Hopeful has his arm round Christian, and lifts up his hands, and says, ‘Fear not, brother, I feel the bottom.’ That is just what Jesus does in our trials; he puts his arm round us, points up, and says, ‘Fear not! the water may be deep, but the bottom is good.’ And though the cold streams of trouble rush down the river, do not fear; Christ is with thee passing through the river, thou wilt not have to pass through it alone…. Thou wilt not, Christian, have to pass through the river without thy Master. We remember an old tale of our boyhood, how poor Robinson Crusoe, wrecked on a foreign strand rejoiced when he saw the print of a man’s foot. So is it with the Christian in his trouble; he shall not despair in a desolate land, because there is the footprint of Christ Jesus on all our temptations and troubles. Go on rejoicing, Christian; thou art in an inhabited country; thy Jesus is with thee in all thy afflictions and in all thy woes.”
[Charles Haddon Spurgeon, The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit XLIV, (London: Passmore and Alabaster, 1898), p. 202]