Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Thursday May 23, 2019

Theme: MANAGING CHRONIC ILLNESSES

Text: “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.”  – James 1:2. 3 

Comment: When God allows us to suffer difficulties, dangers, uncertainties and so on, it is to the end that we may come out of them as better persons and secure for put us in better stead for the world to come by His grace. “But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing” adding, “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.” (James 1:4, 12) The “divers temptation” are trials of our faith which St. Peter says. is “much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire”. He prayed that our works of faith, “might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ”. (1 Peter 1:7) Job the prophet declared: “when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold”. (Job 23:10) Jesus Christ himself suffered in the flesh, even though he did no sin.  St. Paul says that Jesus Christ  “learned obedience by the things which he suffered”. (Hebrews 5:8, 9) As people of God, we must continue to be faithful, knowing that “we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God”.  – Acts 14:22.