James 1:2–8 (ESV)
Testing of Your Faith
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that
is driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
James comes out swinging with a statement
that we should consider it a joy when we go through trials. He writes: “2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds.” I don’t know about you, but to consider trials a joy... I say Bah Humbug! Who
wants to go through trials? But James has a point. Trials may be tough, but what you do with the trials is of greater importance. Trials can cause you to run from God or to run to God! James is stating that trials should be a joy if
the shape you into a better Christian. Here is how it works. “3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
So trials can help shape and define us if we keep our eyes focused on Jesus.
I pray: O Lord, I didn’t think I would pray for this, but bring on the trials so that I can be shaped and molded to
your will. Help me to keep my eyes fixed on you. Amen.