James 1:2-4, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”
When it comes to testing, most people go into it nervous and anxious for a good grade. Some strive for perfection, demanding much of themselves. Some go in, knowing that they are unprepared and hoping on some miracle that they pass. For most that study, there is an acceptable grade waiting on the other side. Regardless, after all the questions are answered, there is completion. Testing happens so that completion can happen.
In life, we go through a series of trials and tests. Our tests can range from what to order for breakfast to whether we should tell the truth or not. Not all tests are difficult but they all require one thing: a decision. A choice must be made one way or another. In all of these choices, we should have joy. God talks to us about what we should do. Regardless of the choice we have to make, it should be a happy decision. Joy is so important in the life of a Christ follower. Joy comes from knowing that our sins are gone and we can live with God after we leave this life.
Testing of faith produces patience. Patience is made through work. It is hard work. Our faith will be tested every day depending on how close we want to be to God. The closer we draw to God, the closer the enemy comes to us to attack. This will test our faith. We will think that something is wrong because Satan will be at every turn. We could not be more wrong. If we are not encountering Satan a lot, we should be considering why. We need to work on our communication and relationship with God so that we can have a strong faith and that strong faith will produce patience to get us through tough times.
Patience should have its perfect work. Patience is for a purpose. That purpose is the perfect work of God. God wants us to be perfect but we can’t be perfect on our own. In order to be perfect, we need Jesus. With Jesus we can have perfection and patience. Patience to weather the storm of sin and the tricks of the enemy. Patience to know which choices to make. We should not and cannot go off and just make decisions that are not of God. Consult with God and patience will come from it.
We are to be perfect and complete and without lack. Perfection, completion and lacking nothing are all made possible by God. There is no other way to attain these without God. These three are also the only way to Heaven. God cannot allow sin to be near Him. That is why, when Jesus took on our sin, God turned His back on His Son until the sin was gone. Sin and God are always and will always be at odds with each other. Though we cannot be perfect on our own, we should let Jesus in because with Him, perfection is possible. That way, when the testing is completed, we will be with God is Heaven forever.
We come to You, knowing that we lack so much. We are weak. We are fragile. We need You. Thank You for the true patience that we can only get from You. We need Your love and perfection. We need the completion that You can give us if we only ask You for it. You love us so much if we would only open our hearts to You to accept all this love. Help us with all our inadequacies.
In Your name we pray,