James 1:12 (NASB) Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
Some guys wear them like crowns. Over the years, I have accumulated many different hats. Some from jobs I've held, some from sports teams that I support, some to keep my head warm from a cold winters night, and some are just funny hats to wear. Today's verse speaks about men who persevere through trials for a hat of a different kind. I have my favorite hat that I wear almost daily, but there is one that I hope to wear for all eternity. That's the crown of life promised to those who love the Lord. Like the verse says, I first need to persevere through the trials of this life and find that I have been approved. we will go through trials, but it's how we come out the other side of them that makes the difference. Be strong, and keep the Lord close. The choice is ours to wear a much better hat one day!
Personal Application: Continue spending time with the Lord daily. Sow righteousness and reap the fruit of God's unfailing love.
Family Devotion: Read this chapter with your family. Ask them if anything spoke to them and discuss. Pray with them.
TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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