19 Apr Steady and Sufficient – 4/19/21
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 and joy in the same sentence? Did James really mean to lump those two things together? Our instinct is to resist pain and suffering of any kind. We want the fruit without the labor. We want joy without the pain and love without the sacrifice.
Trials are what refine, purify, and perfect God’s people. The result? Steadfastness and sufficiency. Not a “I don’t need anyone” self-protection or pride kind of sufficiency but a deep, abiding trust in our all-sufficient Lord.
I have often found a correlation between the amount of wisdom within a person and the level of suffering endured. When our suffering is submitted to Christ, the result is a people who lack nothing because Christ is our everything.
Lord, I pray that we would press into you when in pain. I pray that our sorrow would make us wise instead of bitter. May the fruit produced from trials be a reservoir of life and hope that others can draw from in their time of need. Amen.