Grace and peace to you this morning.
Everyone has a habit that is hard to go away. Some habits are good, while some habits are bad. It is difficult trying to do away with a bad habit. It can be hard to resist its enticements. Few days after “quitting,” we are back at it again. No wonder James tells us, Our feeble attempt of trying can be a miserable disaster. “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds…” (James 1:2).
There is nothing more difficult than denying ourselves. James further points out each person is tempted when a person is dragged away by bad desires and enticed. There is something about our nature that clings to our “self.” We are powerless to fight it. We need the help of God. The things and habits one struggles to deny are brought out. It harms the body and restrain the soul.
James tells us that testing develops perseverance, a dedication to grow and mature in Christian patience and wisdom. Perseverance includes the disappointments of our failures in trying to leave bad habits. This is where God comes in. God gives us wisdom generously without finding fault. God is our help and strength always. Let us be joyful in this gift of wisdom from God. It will help us discern an unhealthy desire and to work in disciplining ourselves.
Have you asked God for wisdom to withstand temptations?
Memory verse: James 1:2.