September 08, 2022 – Thursday
James 1:2-4 NIV
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Wait, wait a minute! Trials are to be considered pure joy for us! And the word translated as trials really indicates being afflicted, being persecuted, etc. and it is not about temptation. So, what is going on here? It appears James is saying trials are inevitable, they are going to happen. Be prepared to deal with them.
Furtheur, these trials we are to be considered as pure joy! Why? Because this testing our faith produces perseverance. In place of perseverance, various versions have patience or endurance. This perseverance or patience or endurance is so very valuable we can take joy in our trials. Notice the plural, trials. It takes multiple trials where you successfully persevered or endured. Then you have the experience on how to deal with these and other new trials as they arise. This gives truth to a saying that, “The only cure for inexperience is experience.”
This should put us in mind of Romans 5:3-4 where we see sufferings instead of trials, 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. That is not unlike our verse four for today, 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. Which is not unlike Hebrews 12:1c-2 with a great conclusion, 1c And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Jesus truly set the example for us.
Bottom Line: Our goal is to simply persevere until the end of our days when we shall be unitied with Jesus.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Please give me the strength to persevere and persevere no matter what the trials bring. Let me finish well, so I might hear, Well done good and faithful servant Matthew 25:21 and 23. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton