E+R=O

 

October 30

 

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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, 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. 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?”.


Devotional


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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Thank you Ps Nat Crawford. I have just joined this and I am really enjoying reading, studying, mediating and reflecting on the scriptures, short videos, and prayers! Oh man I am so happy I joined this. It is really developing me spiritually. Thank God for the work you and your team are doing to serve humanity. God bless you all.
I very much enjoyed, looking for at this verse. It is something I've heard before, but it is actually right on time in my life right now. Thank you
Great word!
Lord Jesus, You know that I have not responded appropriately to many events in my life. I have made big mistakes. But with Your help, help me never to repeat them.
Going through trials is not easy, but God is there to help us through them. All of the things on earth are temporary and will fade away. He is our Sustainer.
This article is very helpful. Thank you.
Thank you Jesus for the wisdom, that we can know the difference of fear and faith.
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*HOW HEAVENLY FATHER*
Thankyou
A few days ago the upcoming plans my family had have changed due to some circumstances. I am putting my trust in God and what he will have for myself and my family during this time. He knows what's best and I want to be open to his teachings through it all.
I FEEL THAT WHEN WE EXPERIENCE TRIALS IN OUR LIFE, WE SHOULD ALWAYS GAIN SOMETHING FROM THEM. OUR FAITH WILL BE TESTED, BUT HERE’S WHERE THE JOY COMES IN, KNOWING THAT WHATEVER HAPPENS IN OUR LIVES GOD IS THERE TO SEE US THROUGH IT. WHEN WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WAY AND NOT OUR OWN, THEN WE CAN DETERMINE A REALISTIC OUTCOME.
I need to hear that today"Amen"
Father God, I need Your wisdom to wisely respond to the trials and tribulations I face. Lord You are all wisely and knowing, I need Your guidance. I put my faith and trust in You. For You work for the good of those that love the Lord. I love You Lord. All glory, honor and praise belongs to You. Thank You Lord. In the mighty name of Jesus I pray, Amen.
It6 very refreshing to be reminded Of God's purpose I needed this thank you
Just what I needed today...thank You, Jesus!
Amen, God is awesome and he’s giving us wisdom and common sense.
Amen! Needed to hear this today, thank You!
Without faith it is impossible to please God. We act like we are out of control and Jesus does not get the glory he desires being God. If Jesus loves us and is powerful enough to take care of us then we respond to all trials with confidence in his working all things out for our good.
Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God.
Asking for wisdom .... need for 11:30 EST today.
Right on time! Our on time GOD! I needed to hear this today.
Wow...this hit home today. Thank you so much for your beautiful devotionals. Sometimes I feel God is using you as a way to communicate with me directly. It's the Holy Spirit telling me to rely on him....and things will work out as they should. That God is in the background always working for our good. God Bless You 🙏 Pastor Nat
This devotional was exactly what i needed thank you May God bless you Pastor Crawford and your family The book of james has always been a uplifting book for me. Reminded me how our Lord is always with us even in our trials expectly during that season