The danger of preaching is that people then expect you to practice it. On Sunday I spoke from James 1 and I spoke about how we should consider it pure joy when we face trials and temptations. Which at first sounds crazy because who is joyful when going through a hard time? But the point is that trials and temptations are opportunities for us to put our faith in God, enabling us to mature in our faith. So having preached on this I feel that I was given a few opportunities to grow up.
Because lately I have been worrying about finances. I have recently had my salary reduced and Amy’s (my wife) contract comes to an end in Oct. I am also worrying about how on the Lord’s luscious green earth am I going to raise £60k to get this cafe church off the ground? And then with all of these worries over the past few weeks my phone died, my ps3 died, my jeans got a hole in the crotch and my car windscreen got a huge crack along the windscreen. All presenting me with financial trials. My initial response was God, have I done something to cheese you off? To top it off something else happened that made me feel like a dementor had come and sucked every ounce of life out of me.
But as I told the congregations, trials are opportunities to grow and mature in the faith. So I am asking God what is the lesson that I have to learn? But I know I do not need to ask because I already know the answer.
And it is in this I find joy, because I know God is about to do something big.
So watch this space.