How do Shaun and I think so much alike, so often? No, I'm not trying to compare myself with the great Pastor Shaun, I fall miserably short, but there have been too many instances when I use a particular scripture one night, and then he has either preached about it, or, as in this case, his daily devotional included the same 1 Peter 1 verses that I had previously used a few nights ago! It's not that he and I think a lot alike, golf is on his mind, ALL THE TIME, and I think about Jesus all the time! Maybe it's the other way around, but I do find myself talking to Jesus a lot every day, and that's a good thing! It's no coincidence that these same verses appear routinely in each of our lives, because we both search for ways in which we can justify the genuineness of our faith! Shaun is challenged every day to bring the joy of Jesus Christ to those in which he encounters, and to show them, both by his words and his actions, that when we honor and glorify God through the genuineness of our faith, we can withstand any trial or tribulation that the world can throw at us! As the verse says, real faith is stronger than refined gold, which will perish by fire! Knowing that our faith is more valuable than gold, gives us the will and power to withstand ALL life's trials, and when we do we can relish in the fact that honoring God will bring us salvation! I have a little different reason for which "live" in this verse! I really have no other choice! Devo left us an opportunity to show Jesus the genuineness of our faith! Just as with Job, when Devo got hurt, we had the choice to seek God, or run away from Him in a bitter and very resentful way! This avenue, the angry, bitter road, is usually pursued by those who don't have a WORKING relationship with Jesus! I say working, because many say they are believers (talk the talk), but when their situation gets down and dirty, they turn away from God( they don't walk the walk!) God needs to know the genuineness of our faith, thus He allows for all the many trials with which we are faced! Shaun is "in the business" so I doubt that God ever needs his faith validated! Not all that are "in the business" necessarily walk the walk, but I, for one, have seen Shaun in action! His faith is genuine! Jesus might have had less proof of my faith, before Devo got hurt, but I know I can say that from that day on, my faith is stronger than any gold you can find! And that goes for the rest of the Quigley clan!
6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that your faith--of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire--may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
(1 Peter 1:6-9)
As you can probably surmise, we think a lot of Shaun! He brought Devon to where he is in his spiritual life! Tomas Randall got him thinking about his relationship with Jesus, but Shaun got him to "admit" it to the world, by being baptized! That was the night that I knew that Devo would be safe and sound, and that was three weeks before the accident! Devo shared an outward expression of his internal love for Jesus that night, and that was his beginning of showing God the genuineness of his faith! God bless you all, Dana