Joy in Stiff Neck?
I was reminded last night that anyone who teaches the Bible must first examine their own heart before they can really teach anyone. We took a look at James 1:2-4 last night and try to see the difference between a trial and a temptation. We summarized the necessity of a trial to #1 Grow us in maturity and #2 Show genuineness.
But God tells us to “Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.”
What’s this got to do with a stiff neck you might be asking? When I wrapped everything up last night and finally got home, I noticed my neck was getting stiff and was probably going to hurt even today. Well, I was right. I also knew that if it did hurt I probably wasn’t going to be able to run in the morning. Well, I was right. However, I caught myself being tempted to complain or get discouraged and almost immediately I thought “Consider it a great joy.” Now I am not doing any summersaults over this, for fear of future injury, but I am thankful that God the Holy Spirit reminded me of the Word of God in my time of need. He’s in control and I am finding joy in this stiff neck!
If you have any similar experiences, let me know.