Joy in Perseverance
James 1:2-4 (NIV®)
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Pure joy . . . trials . . . testing . . . perseverance. Left to my own thinking, I probably wouldn’t mention joy with those other things. Perseverance can be a challenge for me because it involves patience, and I’m not very patient. I like the microwave, and even the microwave is a little slow for me. But there have been times in my life when God has said, “You’re going to have to wait on this one a little bit.” Maturity gained is always a good thing; maturity in process is always uncomfortable. If you’re in a place where you’re being asked to persevere, don’t grumble—celebrate, because joy and perseverance go together, and God is allowing you to mature. Even though they may have been—and may still be—uncomfortable, let’s be grateful for all the places in life where we have shown the maturity to respond well.
Heavenly Father, Help me to see the circumstances and events of my life through Your eyes. Give me wisdom to see Your plan and Your purposes for my life. Thank You for the times of testing You have given me, for I want to be mature and pleasing to You. I choose today to be an overcomer. Give me the strength I need to persevere. I’m trusting You in Jesus’ name, amen.