Yesterday I started to gather the information I needed to do my 2016 income tax. I filed an extension for 2016 and 2017 because I still could not read or decipher numbers. I had a hard time writing down my sales. There were only six. I could not remember how to figure out how much sales tax was included in my sales. I’m a retired accountant. It should be second nature. However my brain fatigued and I had to quit. The struggle disappointed me.
Do you ever feel impatient in your trial? This morning the Lord took me to James 1:4. It says, “But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be complete, lacking nothing.”
No lack. Lacking nothing. I thought about these words. Psalm 34:10 says, “The young lions lack and suffer hunger; but those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.” The Amplified says beneficial things.
Obviously these verses are talking about our standing and not our state. In our standing in Christ we lack nothing. Ephesians 1:3 says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.”
Spiritual blessings such as grace, mercy, forgiveness, peace, etc. You can continue the list. He took me back to Psalm 107. Verse 1 says, “Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!”
In each of these sets of verses the Lord documents His goodness. Verses 6 and 8, 13 and 15, 19 and 21, 28 and 31 all say the same things. Here are verses 6 and 8. “Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He delivered them out of their distresses. Oh, that men would give thanks in the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works in the children of men!”
We have a tendency to focus on our lack in our changing-present-state-trials. Instead, let us consistently lift our hearts in giving thanks to the One Who secured us eternally. The art of perseverance is to cling to the Lord through our standing which never changes.