James 1:16–18 (ESV)
Testing of Your Faith
not be deceived, my beloved brothers. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 18 Of
his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
Verse 17 speaks volumes: 17 Every
good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Here is what Lutheran Study Bible says about these last few sessions. James writes to struggling Christians
who are facing many trials and temptations. Those who face such challenges may be tossed about (vv 5–8) and eventually destroyed by sin (v 15). Those who seek God’s wisdom endure trials (vv 2–4) and become stronger. In Baptism, God gives His struggling children the crown of life not because of their strength but because of His grace. In that grace, we can follow Him and live confidently in this world of struggles and uncertainty.
I pray: O Lord, deliver me from my struggles, and grant me the gifts that come from You alone. Thank You
for Your Son, Jesus, who has given me new life. Lead me in Your wisdom until I am raised to receive the crown of life. Amen.