Monday, March 27, 2006

James 1:5 Responding to Trials (part 5)

James 1:5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

Today's devotional is in honor of my friend and brother in Christ, Garrick Eppinger. Garrick is having a pump surgically implanted in his chest today. This is a temporary fix until a donor heart can be found for a transplant.

Garrick's attitude through this trial has exemplified James words in James 1:2-4. Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.

Garrick views this time of illness as an opportunity to witness and minister to others. He has determined to encourage and show Christ love to everyone he encounters. In fact, when you go to the hospital to minister to Garrick you leave knowing that he ministered to you.

No nurse or doctor works on Garrick without hearing about his Lord and receiving some encouragement. When the hospital chaplains come to see Garrick he prays for them. One chaplain recently commented that Garrick should be a chaplain. Garrick is a chaplain where ever he goes!

Wisdom is the ability to see life from God's perspective and respond accordingly. Garrick's wise and godly response to his adverse situation is the result of possessing this wisdom. Where did he get it? Is it available to everyone? James 1:5 answers this question. Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without criticizing, and it will be given to him.

The next time you find yourself in the midst of adversity let me encourage you to follow James command and Garrick's example! Such a response will glorify God, strengthen your faith and character, and impact the lives of others.

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