#8.3 – The Wisdom of Suffering [James 1:1-18]: Without Defects

So, we have determined that suffering can be likened to a computer virus, in that it is designed to infect and infiltrate our system. But that the Lord, in His sovereign wisdom allows suffering so that He can use it for His glory and purposes in our lives.

What’s important for us, is to see suffering from the correct perspective. We must not fear it, but understand what it is meant for. We must see it for what it is: an attempt of the enemy to destroy us. But only an attempt. One that is not merely a “threat” but also an “opportunity.” An opportunity to see where we are weak. An opportunity for us to test our system. To see where it can still improve and change for the better. An opportunity to grow stronger and become more like Christ.

So how do we fix the defects picked up during a time of testing?

The key is Christ! He is the anti-virus. He is perfectly designed to destroy any work of the devil [see Acts 10:38]. He has been given all authority and has complete supreme power over our enemy. All we need to do is apply His life and power. We need to run God’s divine anti-virus software on our system.

But how do we do that?

Well, truthfully, this is one of the most difficult things to do. Not because it is complex and complicated, but because we humans are proud and rebellious. We are not naturally open to the things of God. Our sinful nature is at war with God. Our hearts are deceitful and subconsciously we hide from God and fight against His ways. This is important to realise. Running the anti-virus on our system does not happen naturally. It must be chosen!

Also, It is not something we can do, it is only something we can give permission for God to do. It is His anti-virus. He is the IT Manager with the software instillation files. He is the only one Who can successfully run the programme on our system. He is the author and perfecter of our spiritual systems . And if you want His anti-virus to run on your system, you must surrender. There is no other way.

So how do we do this practically?

Well, I think we can really learn from the way King David approached his defects. If you read the Psalms you will see that he was brutally honest about his weaknesses. He was not affriad of his sin. Rather, he feared God and knew that there was nothing He could do to hide from Him. He bared all of himself, (good and bad) before the One Who he knew to be all powerful and able to change the deceitful heart of a fallen man. May these words from Psalm 139 become our own as we allow God to scan our systems for viruses and simultaneously fix any defects that He may find.

Search me, O God, and know my heart!
    Try me and know my thoughts!
  And see if there be any grievous way in me,
   and lead me in the way of everlasting life!  

5 thoughts on “#8.3 – The Wisdom of Suffering [James 1:1-18]: Without Defects

  1. Wow, on Sunday I read the story of Jesus washing his disciples feet and it struck me that we need to let Jesus into the dirty places of our heart which is not a message that I’ve noticed around much (it’s probably out there – but it has just struck me recently).

    I believe this is what Jesus rebukes the people on judgement day for – the one’s who say, “Lord in your name we cast out demons and prophesied and performed mighty wonders”. Jesus says to them, “Depart from me you WICKED – I never KNEW YOU”. They never let him search their hearts and wash them clean. They responded like Peter first did when Jesus wanted to wash his feet, “No Lord, YOU mustn’t wash MY dirty feet!” But he humbled himself when Jesus said, “Unless I wash you, you have no part of me.”

    1. I didn’t see this reponse! The picture of Jesus washing our dirtyness personally never gets old. How beautiful. “unless I wash you, you have no part o me.” – knowing Christ comes from sharing dirt with him then… 🙂 I guess that’s the truth.

    2. I like this Pete. I guess there is more to this than just allowing God to search us. We in fact can have no part of Jesus unless He does. This is big. It means surrender on every level. I wonder how many people are willing to actually do that? I wonder how many Christians are willing to do that? Oh, how I long for a community of brothers and sisters that do this to the utmost! That truly surrender all to Christ. That allow Him to wash all of who they are and become a part of Him with their whole lives. Bless you my brother and thanks for the consistent commenting.

  2. Wow, this is so good: Not fearing sin, but fearing God – laying all before him. I am reading this book: The Tree of Life by Witness Lee – and seeing how important it is as God’s children and heirs in Christ to spend time eating of Jesus, drinking of Him, breathing Him in, opening ourselves to Him. His Spirit is already inside us but it is so important to open ourselves to Him that we may grow larger and fuller into the Truth that He is, the abundance of His Love, Mercy and faithfulness. When we hide our sufferring from Him, it is difficult for Him to comfort us. We have to let Him inside, share ourselves with Him if we are to know Him and know His love and His healing. No stress though, because God is gracious to walk with us at the pace we allow Him to, but there is always more to be known of Him, if we are willing.

    1. Hey Leaan. Thanks for the comment. I agree, the Christian walk is a process of becoming more and more intimate with Christ. It is a process of giving more of ourselves to him and taking more of him into us. It’s the ultimate swap. Reminds me of a quote I saw on Facebook today “Christ does not want your life, He wants to give you His…” May we truly learn how to open ourselves up to let him in. And do so joyfully. Everyday!

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