Yesterday, James told us to count it all joy when we meet various kinds of trials. Today and tomorrow he will tell us why we should be joyful, by explaining the benefits that problems bring to our lives…
for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.
Unless stated otherwise, all my Scripture quotations are from the English Standard Version [ESV]. The word that is rendered steadfastness in the ESV is translated as perseverance in the NIV, and patience in the NKJV.
Patience may come naturally to some people, but I am not one of those people, and I am guessing that you are not, either. Patience is a fruit of the Spirit, which means that as our faith grows, God’s Holy Spirit develops patience in us. He does that by allowing us to be in situations that would naturally make us impatient.
The storms of life make us stronger, as we learn how to persevere in our trials. To be steadfast means that we stand strong while the winds of change and opposition howl around us. We stay the course, trust the Lord, and keep doing what we know is right even when it's difficult. The key to remaining steadfast is to hold on to Jesus, who is our Rock.
That is why we can find joy in trials that do not make us happy. Our trials are helping us draw closer to Jesus, which is exactly where we need to be and want to be. God is using our trials to strengthen our faith, and they also act as a test to show us that our faith is growing. Precious metals can be tested by fire to prove they are genuine, and a person’s faith can be tested by fiery trials to prove it is genuine. It is often in trials that a believer's faith shines brightest for the world to see, and God is glorified.
Today’s Good News is that if you are a follower of Jesus, your trials are making you stronger.
Now, go share the Good News…
FAITH in ACTION!
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