Removing Impatience
James 1

We were entirely ready to have God remove these defects of character.

We would all love to have an instant recovery. Many times our addictive behavior has its source in trying to fill an inner void with some form of immediate pleasure. When we enter into recovery, we have to admit that there is no immediate "fix" for the needs we have deep within. We need to prepare for God to remove our impatience. Recovery comes in seasons and takes time.

The Bible says, "When troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing" (James 1:2-4).

It's nice to know that the troubles of life have significant value. They are sent as our friends, to help us mature and develop the kind of character that isn't dependent on outside sources for fulfillment. The difficult seasons of life are like the fire that purifies precious metal. They are designed to burn away the impurities and leave us better than before. The process takes time, but it's worth it because of the strength, purity, and beauty that result.

When we finally accept that there's no shortcut on the way to wholeness, we will be able to find joy in each season of recovery. We will develop endurance, true maturity, and lasting fulfillment as God replaces our defects with his character.

Our continued struggles are prime opportunities for growth and healing.