Do you know the most important equation is in business? The most important equation is business is E + R = O. What does that mean? E stands for events. It’s the events of our lives. The R is our response. And the O are the outcomes.
You see, we all experience events and those are largely out of our control. The outcomes we can contribute to, but again, we don’t control those. What we do control is our response.
This business question is actually a powerful life equation, even for the Christian. You see, James reminds us that we all experience trials, but our response is what matters. Look at James 1:2-5.
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”
James tells us we’ll meet trials of all kinds. Meet is a Greek word that means unexpected, like a robber who jumps out of nowhere Well, my and hits you upside the head. James says we’ll face big ones. Small ones. Financial. Health. Relational. You name it, you could face it. That’s out of our control.
But we can choose how to respond. We don’t need to respond in fear or anxiety or worry.
Why? Because, we know that the trials we face. Every virus. Every unexpected diagnosis or bill. Every relational blow up. We don’t need to respond with fear. We need to react with trust and wisdom.
God has got you right where He wants you. He will give the wisdom you need to react with wisdom. All you have to do is ask Him, “how?”.
Text in Context: Read James 1:1-18
Reflect: How does James view trials? Is he dismissive or realistic? Why? How does our response correspond to our relationship with God?
Respond: What trial are you going through? What was your initial response? How does knowing there is purpose and source of wisdom to navigate it help you?
Prayer: Father, you know my honest feelings about my trials. And I know with your help I can use it to my benefit. Help me see how. Help me to respond with faith and wisdom. Amen.
~ Pastor Nat Crawford
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