It’s interesting, the scripture not only teaches that faith can move mountains but also teaches that faith can produce perseverance.
I have read this verse several times but understood it better only during a moment of crisis. Often times verses are better understood during a moment of crisis.
Here’s my thought.
James 1:2-4 (NIV)
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.
Let perseverance finish its work so that
you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
I’m going to pick out a line from this scripture portion and delve into it.
“…the testing of your faith produces perseverance”
This can be said as faith giving birth to a character inside of us, that is, Perseverance.!
Faith is the foundation of Christian life. The bible says, without faith it is impossible to please God (Heb. 11:6). That stands true throughout the ages. No one has ever seen God yet we believe He exists through faith. Although we have not seen Him, we experience his work in our life and that work lays the foundation of our faith making it grow stronger every day.
In the journey of faith; our faith faces test and trials. We will go through periods when our faith is severely tested; nothing will seem to work. Although we are sure of God’s calling in our lives but during those times of testing, we might feel as if the shutter of life is pulled down. What seemed easier a few weeks ago will stand as a big mountain before us. The worst feeling is that you will feel the inability to do anything at this point.
But remember, these are moments of birth pains. A new character takes birth in you.! When it does take birth; welcome it and call it “perseverance”.
Welcome, Perseverance to your life!
One word that can describe “Perseverance” is endurance. We know God has spoken his words of promise in our lives. There’s one part of listening to that promise and another part where we have to believe that it will come through no matter what happens. Because that’s the nature of God. The heavens and earth will pass away but his word will never pass away. (Matt. 24:35)
So when we hit that point, where everything comes to a standstill, when nothing seems to work and all things seem futile…and we face a low point in our life. What should we do?
In one word, Endure! That’s all you have to do and nothing much.
Understand, Faith is a journey. The journey of faith contains many treasure houses and pit stops. We will find treasures and also have to park ourselves at the pit stops — stand still and wait patiently on God because He wants to make us stronger and prepare us for what is coming ahead.
If you are going through such a situation in life, I would say!
Welcome to the Club of endurance!
Hold on to God and wait patiently on Him. He is preparing you for greater things.
The bible says it is impossible to please God without faith (Heb. 11:6). I believe, the reason why it is so essential is because…faith will give birth to God pleasing qualities in your life. God desires such characteristics for you and me.
Faith not only can move mountains outside of us but also can break the mountains inside of us. Abraham waited patiently and received what was promised and he became the father of faith.(Heb 6:15)
Hebrews 6:12 says, We do not want you to become lazy, but imitate those people who by faith and patience have achieved what has been promised.
God wants us to live a life that has faith and patience; that is believing on his promises and waiting on His timings for his work to happen.
Let us learn to endure. When we endure, God will take us to greater heights.