Consider it all joy, my brothers, when you encounter various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. And let perseverance be perfect, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. –James 1: 2-4
Have you, or someone you love, been experiencing sadness, disappointment, anger, frustration, fear, loss, or heartache, recently? For me, I can clearly point out to you the areas of my life that these have been evident for me lately, and unfortunately, some of those I love, have been going through every single one of these trials listed, as well. Broken relationships, loss of a loved one, fear of what steps to take next, or the heartbreaking news that just feels too much to bear. These are real trials. They come with real emotion. And they require real effort to keep inching forward.
Perseverance, according to Merriam Webster, is the continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition.
Gosh. This whole perseverance idea just seems too tough sometimes. And the truth of it is, it’s not easy all the time. God knows this, too. He knows this idea of continued effort despite difficulties, failure, or opposition is really going to challenge us sometimes. But guess what? He’s not going to ever stop calling us to it. This is because He knows perseverance is the fruit produced by having your faith tested. And by having perseverance, you will lack in nothing because you will be putting your trust and dependence on the One who deserves every ounce of the glory that comes from the fruit on the other side of your trials.
Let’s take the passage from James 1 listed above, and substitute the word perseverance, for the definition itself according to Merriam Webster.
Consider it all joy, my brothers, when you encounter various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition. And let continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition, be perfect, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
That’s pretty powerful stuff right there. I’m not sure what each of your lives look like right now. I’m not sure what trials you are facing. I’m not sure how these trials are impacting each of you in deep ways. But I do know there is a God who doesn’t want you to give up, because He is there every step of the way. I pray each of you, despite the difficulties, failure, or opposition, will trust in the breakthrough God has up ahead for you. A breakthrough which will lack in nothing. A breakthrough that surpasses our human understanding. A breakthrough that will produce fruit beyond what we can comprehend.
Heavenly Father, I can’t wait to see what you have up ahead for each of these men and women reading this right now. Show us the way, Lord.
Director of Client Advocacy