James 1:2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
These 3 verses teach us so much.
1. We will face trials of many kinds. There are many of kinds of trials on the earth…
• Suffering of many kinds
2. We are to consider these trials with “pure joy”. This is an amazing truth to me. How is it possible to consider “many kinds of trials” with pure joy? What is my reaction or response when I face trials of many kinds? Anger? Frustration? Medication? Fleeing? Shopping? What? Do I consider them with pure joy?
3. It says, “because I know” that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Do I? Do I know? Do I really know and believe this truth?
4. It is interesting that it is the testing of my faith. I guess the question is…do I trust God in the middle of my many kinds of trials? Do I believe? Do I have faith when all is falling down around me? When I am facing trials of many kinds, do I believe and trust God?
5. The testing of my faith produces patience…it develops perseverance. What is perseverance?
• Steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success
• To persevere – to continue in a course of action even in the face of difficulty or with little or no prospect of success
• From “thoroughly” severe
6. Perseverance must finish its work. It has a work to do in me. The purpose is to mature me, to complete me where I lack nothing. To bring about a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction…not lacking anything.
7. We all want to be mature. We want to be complete. We want to feel like we lack nothing but do we want to face trials of many kinds to get there? Consider it pure joy…because these trials are producing in me a sense of maturity and completion and a sense of lacking nothing.