The Book of James – Endurance

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“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.  So, let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” James 1:2-4

It is hard to rejoice when trouble comes our way. When trouble comes our way, we have all these questions that we want God to answer. Why do the wicked proper and the good suffer? Why do some people die and others live? Why does God heal some and not others? Why do I suffer when I am trying to do God’s will? You will not get an intellectual or academic answer from God. What you get is His presence. And suddenly, in His presence, all those crazy questions don’t matter anymore. You just don’t care about these unresolvable questions. You put them aside when you are in His presence, because suddenly you know that you are in the presence of something so much bigger than you are, so much grander than you or your questions. Now that I have gotten beyond the need for God to answer senseless questions, what is my part? My part is to preserve. My part is to not give up. My part is to push through. To grow in my endurance. This trouble is helping us to grow in the likeness of Jesus Christ. God wants us fully developed. Yes, we will never be perfect here on earth, but someday we sill stand before Jesus and we will be perfect like Him. I don’t always understand God’s way, but I know that it will all work out to my good. “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” (Romans 8:28)

Today’s Bible Reading: Job 42:1-17

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