21 Dec Steadfastness – 12/21/20
James 1:2-4 – “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.“
Trials are inevitable. Paul is not telling the church if you meet trials but when you meet trials. We will face hard things in a world full of sin and brokenness. It’s how we react to those trials that really shape and mold our walk with the Lord. I don’t think that it’s a coincidence that by putting our faith in Jesus, the end result is steadfastness. The meaning of the word steadfast is to be firmly fixed in place. The more we draw near and experience the Lord’s presence, the more we should want to remain in that love. Jesus came so that we could have life and life to the full. (John 10:10). So, when we remain in Jesus, we are made complete and lack nothing because He becomes the source of our fulfillment, not the world. But if we receive trials in unbelief and grumbling, it can lead to bitterness and discouragement in our own lives. Paul encourages us to be joyful when we face difficulties because we have Someone to put our faith in. He will see us through, no matter the circumstance; and from the only Person who will ever be able to satisfy our hearts, we will experience full joy. Let us choose joy. Let us choose to put our faith in Jesus so that we are complete.
I pray that we would put our faith in Jesus and not the world, when we face difficulties.
I pray that we would remain in Jesus’s love and truth for our lives.
I pray that the Lord’s desires would become our desires because only through Him are we fulfilled.