As I continue in James, I notice I can feel my anxiety popping up even just thinking about facing trials. I’m not one that enjoys challenges or change. I like things to remain the same; it makes life more predictable, which means I can plan. God however knows that this sort of routine can be dangerous; we can get complacent. We can miss opportunities where we can learn.
James writes in James 1:2-3, “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.”
Here James tells us a couple things:
- We will face trials of many different kinds.
- These will be tests of faith; we will get perseverance from them.
He points out to his readers that we already know this. He is reminding us of God’s faithfulness. God uses His trials to accomplish many things, but one of them for me at least is a good exercise in saying, “Yes God, this is beyond me, but this is not a surprise to you. You’ve got this.”
Today, I would encourage you to:
- Think back to your last trial, or maybe you are in one now. How did God meet you?
- Thank God for His reminders of His Faithfulness.
- Pray for peace in the midst of trials, and call on the Holy Spirit to give you that perseverance for the next trial.