My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials. Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. James 1:2-4 NKJV
God tells us to count it all joy when we fall into various trials. He is not telling us to enjoy trials. Trials do not produce joy. Our faith in Jesus does!
God uses trials to mold us into the people He created us to be. He uses hardship and suffering to form Christ in us. They are evidence of His work in our lives. God wants us to count our trials joy because of the result of the work He is doing in us!
I served in the Marine Corps. I had to graduate from boot camp to become a Marine. Boot camp was eleven weeks of trials and hardship. There was nothing joyous about it. The day my father told me how proud he was of me I counted it all joy!
If you are suffering through trials pain and hardship today count it all joy. God does not expect you to enjoy it. He wants you to look past it.
Jesus has not abandoned you. He is working in your life today!
The testing of your faith will produce patience. Let patience produce its perfect work so you may be perfect and complete lacking nothing.
How does patience make us perfect and complete so that we lack nothing? Patience is key to living the Christian life. All of God’s promises will be fulfilled. Not all of them will be fulfilled in this life. We will see the perfection of God’s will in the age to come!
The Lord wants us to have an eternal perspective as we journey through life. We are eternal beings. The time we live in our present bodies is a fraction of our eternal existence. This world is not our home. We are citizens of heaven!
Men in prison refer to their cells as their “house”. One of the men I worked with refused to call his cell his house. He said it was not his home. He did not want to get comfortable in it. He looked forward to returning to his true home.
We are wanderers and strangers in a world that is not our home. We will fall into trials of various kinds. Our faith will be tested. If we trust Jesus the testing of our faith will produce Godly wisdom and patience.
Our time on Earth will end. We will move on to our eternal destination. We will live in blessed perfection with our Heavenly Father. Our perfect existence will never end!
Trust Jesus today for a perfect future. Your hardship and suffering will end. Your blessings will be eternal. The Lord will turn your trials into testimonies your mourning into gladness and produce patience that will bear fruit through your faith in Jesus!
When you graduate into His kingdom your Heavenly Father will be very proud of you!
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