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PERSEVERANCE

CY LAMBERT

James 1:2-4

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

You may have heard the saying, “God never puts you through more than you can handle.” While that sounds nice in theory, it just isn’t true and isn’t found anywhere in the Bible. Go ahead and look for it; you won’t find it. The truth is that God puts you through way more than you can handle in your own feeble strength. But here’s the good news: God has more than enough strength to give to us and it’s only through his strength that we can get through our hardships.

James tells us to consider it pure joy when we encounter trials. He doesn’t tell us to complain about them, or stress about them, or wallow in self pity, no, he tells us to be joyful! It is through your toughest trials that you’ll look back and see the most growth in yourself and discover a huge increase in your faith. It is perfectly fine to be sad if a particularly hard trial comes your way, but then give it over to God and ask for his strength to get through it. There will never be a time when God won’t give you his strength. It might not turn out the way you’d like, but take comfort in knowing that all glory will go to God and that he knows exactly what he’s doing.

QUESTION 1. Are you trying to face trials on your own? What was your most recent trial and how did you go about handling it?
QUESTION 2. Do you believe that God can really take care of you in your trials? Pray, talk with Him about your concerns.
CHALLENGE: Next time a trial of any kind comes your way, don’t try to rely on our own strength. You will fail. Give it to God, rely on his strength and be joyful knowing that he will see you through.