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Today Sarah hits on the same thing that James referred to in the first part of his book:

1James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting. 2My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. 5If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.  James 1:1-5

She says that the Peace that is offered from God is an exquisitely costly gift, for both the giver, and the receiver. Christ purchased the gift with His blood, and we receive the Peace by trusting Christ in the midst of life’s storms.

We have a choice to make .. we can either be aggravated and confused when things do not go our way, or we can understand that (as Sarah says) spiritual blessings come wrapped in trials. The more our life’s bridge is stable, the less we find ourselves depending on God.

God has a delicate job, to do what he says and bless us, but to not bless us so as to have us turn our eyes away, leaning on our own strength. If we could understand God completely, would he be God?