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 pray 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.
“And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:4
Despondency and discouragement should not replace our joy in the Lord. Difficult trial and disappointing happenings, are used by God to test our trust in Him and to draw us into a deeper dependence upon His faithful provision and His unconditional love.
And the instruction we receive here 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 trial 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 His 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 in nothing.