“Tune: Blessings in the Tension” Tuning Pt. 2 (October 15, 2017)
Tuning is crucial if a musical performance to sound correct. No matter how fantastic the musician, if their instrument is out-of-tune, the music will sound horrible. This tuning, this perfecting is a foundational necessity for a musical performer. and tuning happens when tension is introduced to the strings.
We often think of tension in our lives as something that happens to us apart from God’s rescue plan. In the secular view, trials and suffering is never seen as a meaningful part of life but only as an interruption. But the Book of James Chapter 1 helps us see that tension is part of God’s redemption. Specifically in today’s reading, we see three things about tension in life:
1. You will experience it
2. You will be perfected through it
3. You will find true joy in the midst of it
James 1:2-4 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
2 My brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; 4 and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing.