“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”James 1:2-3
Sometimes I wish God would just skip over the lesson of perseverance. Wouldn’t it be nice if God just gave us a 3-step-plan on how to become a follower of Jesus? (1) Read your Bible with your morning coffee (2) Listen to CU Worship on Spotify while you run errands (3) Say a prayer before bed. Now I could get on board with this. Three steps! That sounds totally doable! But if things were this simple, we wouldn’t be able to experience the joy and goodness that comes from making it through a difficult season.
Being able to persevere through hardship gives us the opportunity to strengthen our faith. It gives us the chance to produce good fruits in our life – patience, faithfulness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). Without perseverance, we would live shallow, surface level lives. Most good things in life require hard work and consistency. If we quit every time someone or something was difficult or made us uncomfortable or unhappy, we would have very few reasons to be joyful.
No one is exempt from pain and hardship. When we face difficult things, it requires complete reliance on God. Jesus’ yoke is light and easy to bear because He bears the weight of it (Matthew 11:30). For me, one of the joys of perseverance is to look back and remember all the ways God has been faithful through life’s challenges. Think of a way your faith has grown after hardship.