Today’s magnificent! I’m totally amazed of how God encourages His children through His word. I read James 1:2-4 and been pumped up to move on, to run still, to go forward.
Life has been tough these days. In my mind are unanswered questions and in my heart the unmet desires (not that God doesn’t meet our desires; just that nothing happened yet) I’m tired physically, mentally and emotionally. Though I understand that trials are part of our earthly lives, still I REALLY wish they don’t exist. If only life could be perfect and smooth-sailing! James 1:2-4 instructs this:
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.NIV
1. We will face trials. “..consider it pure joy,.. whenever you face trials of many kinds..”
This only means that they’re present. They exist, it’s just a matter of time. They are to be expected. As my colleagues often say whenever someone comes to them because of a problem “welcome to life!.”
2. Trials come in various kinds. “..whenever you face trials of many kinds,”
They got a variety. They have different shapes. There are those that are relational, work-related, physical in nature and many more.
3. Face trials with joy.
Our usual response when faced with trials is rather negative. Some grumble, some cry horribly (I’m not saying crying is wrong), some hallucinate, some try to run away, some get agitated, etc. Of course! We don’t like trials. What we want is a carefree, happy life.
These verses remind us to consider it a great joy when confronted with trials of many kinds. And the reasons for this? Because:
- They produce perseverance in us.
- They help us become mature, lacking nothing.
In order to win a runner has to train and train HARDER. Training involves hours of time, achy knees, gallons of sweat, chafed skin and blisters. It also requires waking up at the crack of dawn to run while others are still on their bed sleeping and dreaming.
The training though hard and tiresome develops stamina, perseverance. And perseverance helps the runner achieve his goal-winning.
Our life is just like that. The Bible describes us as runners after all. Earthly runners run for an earthly prize, we run for a prize that will never fade away. We persevere under trial because, having stood the test, we will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. Face life with joy!