Trials and Time

2 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing (James 1).

The final proof of true faith is endurance, for endurance is what faith is made for. And endurance requires two things: trials and time. The trials may be heavy or light, but the time must always be longer than we think we can bear. The greatest faith is proved through the heaviest of trials through the longest periods of time. This is when we truly are “lacking in nothing” because we have discovered that all we have is Jesus—yet He is all we need.

Every believer wants great faith, but none of us much likes paying the price for it. We would prefer it come cheap, with little pain with short duration. How sad when the best our faith can endure is but a small inconvenience on the way to work. How sadder still is when such easy trials cause us to fall flat on our face.

Lord, should any trials come our way This Day, help us to endure. Should we fall flat on our face, may it not be because we have failed the test, but because we are seeking Your help to pass it. Amen.