Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Trials Are For Trials

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.
James 1:2, 3 (emphasis added)
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
James 1:12 (emphasis added)
How do we receive the crown of life? By remaining steadfast under trials (James 1:12).

Where does that steadfastness come from? The testing of our faith (James 1:3).

Where does the testing of our faith come from? The trials that we experience (James 1:2).

In other words, we need trials in order to be able to endure trials. Trials are for trials. Without them, we will inevitably be disqualified from receiving the crown of life.

Help us, Oh Lord, not to begrudge Your infinite wisdom but rather to humble ourselves under Your mighty right hand as we admire Your grace that is beyond our understanding when, out of Your great love for us, You bring trials into our lives in order to qualify us for the reward. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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