Monday, October 29
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
Having read through this passage you really have to think how one could be ‘blessed’ when going through a trial. Doesn’t it seem like the opposite? The redeeming word that sticks out to me in this verse is ‘perseveres’. It’s the Christian who perseveres through a trial; I believe that brings honor and joy to our heavenly Father.
Consider (for a moment) the relationship between a parent and child. Aren’t we proud when we see a child make a good decision (even in the midst of peer pressure)? How much more is God honored when we say “yes” to Him (even in the midst of the sin of this world)?
James is cheering us on – telling us of the reward awaiting us in heaven! Know that in our reward (i.e. the crown of life) there is great blessing. Remember this while you persevere: don’t grow tired of doing good because the perseverance you are practicing now will deepen your relationship with God.
Pray today over the trials you may be facing. Some of them require you to let them go and lay them at His feet. Some of them require action. Some of them may require nothing at all. If you aren’t experiencing a trial right now, think of someone who needs encouragement during their trial. Send them this verse to lift them up, it might be just what they need to hear today.
Today’s challenge: pray with someone who needs encouragement.