12 Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him (James 1).
Concerning the word “approved” Donald Grey Barnhouse wrote: “In the ancient world there was no banking system as we know it today, and no paper money. All money was made from metal, heated until liquid, poured into moulds and allowed to cool. When the coins were cooled, it was necessary to smooth off the uneven edges. The coins were comparatively soft, and of course many people shaved them closely. In one century, more than eighty laws were passed in Athens to stop the practice of whittling down the coins then in circulation. But some money-changers were men of integrity, who would accept no counterfeit money; they were men of honor who put only genuine, full-weight money into circulation. Such men were called “dokimos,” and this word is used here for the Christian as he is to be seen by the world.”
Nothing proves that someone is “the real deal” like trials do. Nothing proves our true love for Jesus more than sticking with Him when our way with Him gets rough. We automatically assume if the disciples had stayed with Jesus instead of scattering at Gethsemane, that they would have all been killed. But since they were so special to God’s plan to carry on Jesus’ work, isn’t it more than likely that God would have found a way to spare them? Isn’t the real “sparing” that went on the fact that God did not cast them aside for their lack of perseverance?
Lord, thank You for not casting us aside when we do not persevere under trial! Help us This Day to be the real deal. Amen.