Faith

"Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness." - James 1:2&3

It really is amazing how often our faith is tested. But I guess I shouldn't really be shocked by how much I dislike it. It is miserable. Mostly just because testing of our faith means that we're in a situation where we NEED faith. Granted we -should- have faith in all situations, or be living a life of faith. But the truth is that we often live on our own strength. We genuinely believe we can handle most of it on on own because most of time frankly, we can (or at least we feel that way).

So imagine yourself in a situation where you NEED to have faith. I'm thinking, you wake up and your child is crying and your wife is complaining of a toothache and needs a root canal and NOW, and then getting out of bed you break you foot.

Just as an example.
And we are supposed to count it joy? Not the pain of the foot break obviously, but the need to depend on the Lord. If we do depend on the Lord it produces steadfastness (or the ability to not be shaken). This is good. This is REALLY REALLY good. It even goes on to say "And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing." - v4.

I long to be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. Imagine just how nice it would be to obtain this without the broken foot, agony-filled wife, and crying child. Now, learn to have faith in situations where it doesn't -seem- like you NEED it.

Lord give me faith, test that faith, but have patience with my weakness. My frailty and fear.