And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.James 1:4(NASB)
Whether we are faced with fleshly temptations that rise up from our old sin nature or testing trials that come from above, we know that God takes all things and weaves them beautifully together for good to those that love God and are called by grace through faith in Christ - according to His good purpose.
But how often we desire a life that is free from trouble and swimming in happy blessings. How often our pleading prayer is for an escape from the fiery trials that we may be facing, without recognizing that there is an important lesson in all circumstances of life, which God desires for us to learn - lessons which teach us spiritual truths that we might otherwise have missed.
Despondency and discouragement should not replace our joy in the Lord. Difficult trials and disappointing happenings, are used by God to test our trust in Him and to draw us into a deeper dependency upon His faithful provision and His unconditional love.
Paul calls us to rejoice in the Lord always - even during those difficult times of testing and Peter reminds us to be truly glad - no matter what difficulties we may be called upon to face, knowing that there is wonderful joy ahead - even though for a time we have to endure many trials in life.
And the instruction we receive from James is no different from the godly advice we have from the other apostles, for James also calls us to meet our various trials with an attitude of joyful thanksgiving, knowing that the testing of our faith produces endurance - and if we meet endurance with a godly attitude of complete dependence upon God and trust in His unfailing Word, we discover that the end result of that testing trial will be the perfecting of our faith, as we grow in grace and draw closer to our heavenly Father - in love.
Let us be increasingly aware that the trials of life are used by God for our eternal benefit and for His greater glory. Paul discovered the wonderful truth that God's grace is sufficient to meet all the difficulties and dangers that we may encounter in life.
The greater the trial the wider the arms of God's sufficient grace are extended to lift us up and to carry us through.. and to draw us into a depth of intimacy with Himself that we would otherwise have missed - so 'let endurance have its perfect result', so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
Heavenly Father, thank You that Your grace is sufficient for every trial and difficulty that I will face in my life. Keep me looking to Jesus and depending on Him in all things. Help me never to forget that You have promised to work all thing together for good, to Your praise and glory. May I be ready and willing to learn the lesson that You would teach me in each situation in life and may I learn to patiently endure with joyful thanks - by grace through faith in Christ Jesus my Lord, AMEN.