“Testing Your Faith Produces Endurance,” prompted me to open my Bible to James 1:2 & 3. This verse says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.” God will test your faith at many points throughout your life, but developing perseverance will help you continue to find joy.
Being followers of Christ in today’s world, isn’t it wonderful to be hearing these words from St. James? All of us have experienced trials in our lives, and I believe that you agree with me when I say that fighting through life’s storms can be quite disheartening at times. These words from one of Jesus’ disciples ought to remind us to feel joy instead of disappointment or frustration and anger whenever a trial comes our way. For it is only through the endurance of trials that our faith is fortified. It is not a matter of if God will test your faith, but when.
Do you know Job? The faithful man from the Old Testament whose faith was put through a series of serious trials? He endured all of them and remained faithful to God til the very end. He had this to say about his trials: “But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.” (Job 23:10)
May we all have an attitude towards trials and faith like Job.