walk in the word
Category: Your Walk With God
“My brothers, consider it pure joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the trial of your faith produces endurance.” James 1:2-3
James 1:2-3 says that God uses trials to teach us perseverance. What do you do when the pressure is on? All kinds of people put on their jogging suit and start the race but when the miles click past and muscles start to fatigue and life isn’t easy anymore, what do you do?
In the same way, it’s easy to put on a white dress or rent a tuxedo and get to the front of the church but to have a hot, happening marriage—not for five, but for fifteen or forty years, that takes work! That takes perseverance.
By comparison, it’s easy to conceive and birth a child, but to keep on training and raising those kids day in and day out, following through on what you have taught—that takes commitment!
Might I say in addition to that, it’s easy to pray a prayer; it’s easy to walk an aisle; it’s easy to confess faith in Christ but to keep on following Christ—even when the pressure is on takes staying power. “My brothers, consider it pure joy when you fall into various trials knowing that the trying of your faith produces perseverance.”
Staying power! Did you know that if God could get that one thing into your life, He can give you everything else? James 1 goes on to say, “But let perseverance have its perfect work that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing” (v.4).
This week we stand on the hinge between two years—2005 and 2006. How will these two years mark your life? Look back on 2005 for a moment. If your year was like mine, you can see some pretty significant peaks and valleys. Praise God for them. Praise God that at this year’s end, you can stand before Him in faith and humility and say, “No matter what is behind me, I finish this year strong in Christ.” I press on to know the Lord (Hosea 6:3). Like Paul in Philippians 3:13–4 “but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” I press on—that’s perseverance.
Now look ahead at 2006. You don’t know what the year will bring, but you can be sure of this, God is faithful. His mercies will be new every morning of every day of 2006. Start each day with faith in God and a commitment to perseverance. There is power in it!
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