Where the Big Fish Live

Read James 1

My brothers and sister, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing. Verses 2-4

Blessed is anyone who endures temptation. Such a one has stood the test and will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. Verse 12 (TLB)

Doug Wingert lives in Arizona. Recently he took his eight-year old grandson fishing for the first time. They spent much of the day casting their lines into the middle of the lake. His grandson was excited to catch and release some small sunfish, but he really wanted to catch a bigger fish. As the day wore on, he suggested they cast into the shadows where the water was full of reeds. Doug told him it would be risky - that they would probably get their hooks tangled with the reeds. "But Grandpa," he said, "I think that's where the big fish live." So they cast into the shadows, and their lines got tangled with the reeds more than once. But they persevered and finally knew the thrill of hooking a big fish.

Jesus did not promise us that following him would be easy. It may seem safer to keep to our usual routines than to take a risk by speaking about and acting on our faith. But James tells us that if we faithfully persevere, the Lord promises us a great reward.

Prayer: Gracious and loving God, thank you for the wisdom of children. Give us courage to take a risk and to persevere for the sake of Christ. In Jesus' name we pray, amen.

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