Stability as a Matter of Faith
James 1:1-8 NKJV
1 James, a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad: Greetings. 2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
Today, we use our phones, e-mail accounts and i-pods to stay organized. Time management and dependability, or lack thereof, we often blame on the functionality of such mechanisms. The value we place on each is remarkable to me. I will be the first to confess, I have missed a number of meetings in the name of dysfunctional technology. However, at the end of the day, the truth is we really cannot blame our unstable schedules on technology. Instability is a faith issue. The bible says that faith keeps you from being tossed and driven by the wind like a wave of the sea, not your organizer. We often think we can organize our way into a righteous life. It doesn’t matter how skilled you are in multi-tasking. If the agenda does not reflect the fruit of the Spirit: Patience, you will still feel like a rocking boat on a turbulent sea of life. If you still feel out of sorts, even with the company of your personal assistant at your finger tips, this is a word for you. Evaluate what you are doing and why you are doing it in the stead of how much of it you can do in a day. You might see after your evaluation, you are wrecking your own nerves and inadvertently trying your own patience.
Question: How do you think our use of technology and the internet influences our understanding of the simplicity of Christ? (II Corinthians 11:2-4)