In more than three decades of my Christian life, I have been blest by 2 types of Daily devos'
(matter not exceeding 500 words) in universal Christian literature. Not only those Devos'
which have a different theme everyday but also the ones which revolve around a certain
theme over a period of time, say a fortnight, have richly edified me. In fact, both
styles have their own inherent advantages. If the former style caters to the varying
spiritual needs of a christian from day-to-day, the latter aims 'to ground'
a child of God in a certain subject in order he derives the full benefits of the
deep insightful study of a certain topic, spread over a fixed span of time.
In my Daily devo page, I have consciously tried to go in for 'a blend of both the
styles' whereby within a constant theme, I would be aiming to focus on different
facets of it which admittedly is a closer imitation of the 'Constant theme' style
than the 'Varying topics' one.
Having dwelt on the topic of Christian journey and the “Conquest of Canaan”
in the previous months, now in the month of March, considering that
we are in the season of Lent, I intend to focus on the subject- “Lent season”.
Once again, let me wish you a happy and an edifying read…
The purpose of temptations-2
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.
- James 1:2,3
As we head towards the end of our meditations on Lenten season with its
overarching theme of “temptations and their purpose”, today we come to yet
another “metal”. If yesterday, we focused upon “silver”, today we shall cast
our spotlight upon “steel”. An expert in the field of metallurgy would vouch
for the utility of “tempering” (exposing it to 260 –370 degrees of temperature)
in making steel as hard as a diamond. Ditto this with spiritual life.
As one wise soul put it
“God doesn't make make life easier for his chosen ones’ but instead He
toughens them up in order that they face tough situations easily”.
The trials and tribulations are guaranteed to make us more Christ-like “steeling us up”
to coolly absorb life’s shocks, (which would drive an ordinary person to his wits end),
all the while opening up opportunities to witness about Him. For who wouldn’t
come up to us out of curiosity to inquire about our amazing “shock-absorbing” capacity!
“In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good
deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
Which “light” can be brighter than the tensile strength of one’s character and
which “good deed” can be speak more loudly than a thankful disposition in the
midst of fiery problems?
Father, we thank thee for all the trials and tribulations, once again for they open
up doors for us to testify of Thy “greater purposes” to the listening and watching world.
We praise thee once again in Jesus name. Amen.