Enduring Faith: Called To Endure

James 1:2-3
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
How can trials be considered as joy you may ask, well if you understand the purpose of the trials and what the trials will accomplish in you, then you will consider them as pure joy. It is like the individual who enrolls themselves in a gym and day by day they take their body though trials and pain, at the end of every successful gym session, though in pain and aches, they consider it pure joy because they know what they are working towards.
James tells us that our faith must be tested, but the question to ask then is this; “What is my faith? What have I believed in?” This faith that is being put to the test is your personal conviction about the goodness of God about his truthfulness and your reliance on him. It is your conviction about salvation and reliance on Christ. Will this conviction remain intact when it is put to the test or will it crumble? When a little trouble comes your way do you doubt the goodness of God and the promises he has spoken over you? Do you stop fellowshipping with other believers and walk away from the faith?
If there is one individual in the bible whose faith was put t the test and yet it endured it is Job. The man was living a righteous life, in fact so much so that God himself was bragging about him. Within a short span of time Job looses everything, his 10 children all die, he looses all his livestock, and he had many and also his servants perish in this attack. As though that is not enough, he looses his heath and he struck with painful boils all over his body and his wife tells him to curse God and die. His family was attacked, his marriage was attacked, his finances were attacked and his health was attacked. How much can one man take? One important thing to take note of is that despite all this, his most important relationship remained intact.
Listen to what Job says;
Job 1:20-22
At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship 21 and said:
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart.[c] The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.”
22 In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.
Wow, now that is enduring faith. In all his trials job did not let his circumstances cause his faith in God to waver. We must get to that point where we are persuaded beyond any shadow of doubt about the love of for God for us, his gift of salvation to us though Jesus Christ and his promises no matter what we go though. Every trial we go through should strengthen the most important relationship we have, our relationship with God.
The testing of our faith produces perseverance which brings us into maturity lacking nothing.
Reflections
Has your faith ever been tested to a point where you doubted God? what happened and how did you overcome?
What have you really believed about God and what is the basis of your persuasion?
Think about the greatest testing your faith has ever gone through and compare that to what Job went through. what lessons can you come up with?
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