“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” – James 1:12
We all fall down and trip on every way of anything. Failure is somewhat part of the growth we are all longing for. However, most of the time, we hate it. We hate it so much every time we have to fail and we have to face trials. As much as possible, we won’t have it but still, we cannot steer away from any trials. Especially when we are Christians, we are not promised to have an easy life but we have a life full of trials and tests.
However, the difference is that we know that we have God who is great, loving, merciful, faithful, and powerful on our backs. We are asked to take all of these trials and tests as a way of God to teach us and to help us grow. Let us remember that we are to rejoice despite all of this because we know that we are saved and that God has given us His love and salvation through Jesus Christ.
That is why James wants to remind us that blessed are those who really perseveres under trial for they will receive the crown of life that God promised to those who love Him. This is not just merely a crown of gold, but it is a crown of life. A crown of life that can only be found in Christ. As we persevere under trial, our faithfulness is put to test. Whether we remain faithful to God under these circumstances or not, it does show how much we trust God.
Now, we should not focus our minds and energy on resenting God for putting us under these trials, but we should focus on completely remaining faithful to Him. God knows we are suffering, God knows we are under such a dilemma, and He is not deaf. He will rescue us from all of this but also, He wants us to grow and He wants us to exercise our faith through this. So, as we remain faithful to Him, we will then receive the crown of life He promised to us. We will soon have our eternal life through Jesus Christ, in paradise.
Always remember that God is faithful and God fulfills His promises. So, indeed, all of these sufferings and trials are just temporary but it is nothing compared to the glory that will be revealed to us. Therefore, we should take heart and persevere under these trials. We are to rejoice and be joyous for it is still a gift of God that can make us grow into mature Christians. Also, it can help grow our faith in God and to exercise our dependence on Him. May we always remember that this is just temporary and we must look forward to the crown of life that Jesus promised us as we continue to persevere under these trials.
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