#7 – The Wisdom of Suffering [James 1:1-18]: Lacking Nothing

…”that you may be fully developed, lacking nothing.”

I looked in my bible study booklet where I write about my insights into scripture and found the following written about lacking nothing: “Wow, if I could be lacking nothing I would be a happy man. I always seem to find myself falling short. I often lack the wisdom needed in situations…”

I think we all can agree that it would be absolutely awesome to never lack anything. To always have the wisdom needed for any situation. To never find yourself unable to handle something. To have it together and be wise in all your actions. Can you imagine that? What a world we would have if it was filled with such people.

From what James says, it would seem that it is possible. And from the ministry of Jesus it would seem that it is God’s desire to have such a world. A kingdom of priests and kings. Sons that always listen to their Heavenly Father and follow His ways. Men and woman that live by the divine life of God and act in complete obedience to Him. A world filled with little Christs.

Now, to become a little Christ (or Christian), one needs to be transformed into one. It doesn’t just happen. And we see in scripture that after the Father taught Jesus how to live a life of communion with Him, a life of wisdom and power, Jesus then taught others. This started the process of discipleship designed to teach and develop anyone willing, how to live in a wise, nothing lacking relationship with the Father.

Now, I guess the real question is: So how does suffering help the discipling process? I have drawn an insght from my little booklet. It comes just after my expression of lack, and says “Because of all the storms that have recently befallen me, I realised that I drastically lacked the needed wisdom to deal with them..”

And it is for that reason that the Lord uses suffering. To show us where we lack His wisdom and life. To give us perspective of ourselves. So that we are aware of the reality of our minds and hearts. So that the truth of our character is revealed to us. That empowers us with the knowledge we need to ask the Lord to give us what we lack and so be more transformed into the likeness of Christ.

In a sense, suffering is a gift. One designed to shine light into the dark areas of our character. Designed to expose the reality of our hearts, and in turn help us confront the reality of ourselves in relationship with Him. So that in the midst of the storm, as we cry out to God for for that which we lack, He graciously and lavishly gives us everything we need and transforms us bit by bit into the likeness of His Son, who is fully developed and complete, lacking nothing.

Father, thank you for your goodness and that you use every situation for our good and your glory. It is a mystery as to why suffering is such a good tool for the creation of sons, but it is true non the less. May you give us the insight we need to see suffering from your perspective and the courage to confront the realities of our characters in the midst of suffering. So that we too can be like Christ, lacking nothing.ย 

6 thoughts on “#7 – The Wisdom of Suffering [James 1:1-18]: Lacking Nothing

  1. Thanks dil – helpful as usual. God seems to be constantly pruning us to bear more fruit and be conformed to the image of his Son for his glory and our ultimate joy.

  2. I think lacking something is what keeps us together and needing to work together (at least here on earth).

    That said, I agree that the world would be a better place if we lacked nothing, but only meeting the conditions stated in the snippet of scripture provided. “that you maybe fully developed” in Christ…..lacking nothing in Christ……

    Great stuff. Mr Cromhout

  3. hey Dyl ๐Ÿ˜‰ Nice one- amazing thing is that at church this weekend God kept reminding me of this very verse – “let patience have her perfect work, so that you would be perfect and entire lacking nothing.”
    This thing about enduring difficult times to learn patience is quiet hard and honestly not so easy… That’s were I am now, God keeps picking on this very issue in me, so thanks for sharing…

    1. Hey Celia

      Thanks for your comment. I hear you. Enduring difficult times is tough. I’m glad that the Lord is speaking to you in the midst of your trial. He is good like that. Drawing closer to us as the heat gets turned up in our lives. I trust that you will get to know Him much better through this time and that He will give you the courage to allow endurance and patience to have their full play in your life. And be encouraged, the joy that He has set before you is that after the pain and difficulty is over you will look much more like Christ than ever before.

      Bless you sis


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