Quick Fix (James 1:2-4)

Like many people, I use several personal computers at home and my office. I compulsively update all of my computers whenever an operating system update is ready. Although all are running the same operating system, each computer is made by a different manufacturer. Thus any update to the operating system needs to be coordinated with the respective computer manufacturer, something that is easier said than done, as many can attest. 


Recently, I experienced this annoyance, when a software program malfunctioned on one of my computers, despite working on the others. After several email exchanges with the company that created the program, they directed me to another website which stated that the problem is well-known to users of this particular personal computer manufacturer and provided a software download for a quick fix.


Isn’t life often like this? When we attempt to fix a problem in our life, it leads to a complication in another area and we need to search for yet another solution. We think we can anticipate every minor mishap and take all the necessary precautions and something still goes awry. As an anonymous wise man once stated, “Inside every small problem is a large problem struggling to get out!”


What about our relationship with God? So often I think that if I pray, read the Bible, and attend church, I have anticipated every spiritual mishap that may occur. Sure, I got this covered! Yet, things still go awry. After getting my spiritual schedule back on track and having regular devotional times and prayer sessions, I encounter a new trial that arose from my schedule changes, one that evades the usual solutions that have worked in the past. Can I get a quick spiritual fix?


Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

James 1:2-4 (ESV)


Steadfastness is patience. Patience is what I am sorely lacking. I am unwilling to sojourn through this life and have my faith tested by trials. I want a quick fix but the irony is I am seeking a quick spiritual fix that has already been given to me! My Savior, Jesus Christ, has already provided the eternal fix by living and dying on the Cross and being resurrected after three days. By conquering death, the penalty of sin, Jesus showed all of Creation that we will lack nothing in life as long as we place believe in Him as Lord and Savior. 


There are no quick fixes in life, all are impermanent. Only Jesus Christ can fix our lives and He desires to do it for everyone who will place their trust and faith in Him.


Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.


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