Let perseverance finish its work
James 1:2-4 – Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
I think that it’s safe to say that whenever we face struggles, pure joy isn’t the first thing that pops into our heads. But in this verse, James is challenging us to look at trials differently. He’s highlighting the importance of them – how they aren’t going to defeat us, but actually strengthen us.
Romans 8:28 tells us that God works all things to the good of those who love him. That means that when a trial occurs, He’s going to use it. He’s going to make a good thing out of the tough situation.
A lot of the time, He’ll use the situation to develop us. When something gets stretched, it grows.
Remember, God will never stretch you beyond what you can handle. It may seem impossible, but God is the King of Impossible.
The root of a tree will grow bigger and stronger in stormy weather. The tree will develop so that it’s strong enough to withhold any weather.
Consider it pure joy when you face a trial, my friend, for you know that God is working on you for something greater. For you know that God cares enough to develop you into the person He’s destined you to become.