Knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. (James 1:3)
Some people worry about their faith. “I don’t have strong faith.” They worry that when the trial comes their faith will fail.
But the trials of life are not to see whether we are made of the right stuff or whether we can manufacture iron-clad faith. Faith that endures is a gift from God, and we get it from hearing the good news of Jesus (Eph. 2:8).
The good news is that because Christ endured, you will endure.
The original word for testing in this verse means proving in the way an assayer tests and approves gold. God’s gifts are flawless and perfect, but you won’t know how good God’s gifts are until their qualities have been revealed in the fire of your trials.
It is only in the furnace of your afflictions that you discover your God-given faith is more precious than gold (1 Pet. 1:7).
You may feel like your trial will be the end of you, but God wants to use your trial to give you a greater revelation of himself and his great love.
When you see him towering above your trial and holding you securely in his hand you will find the strength to endure.
Question of the week: Where does faith come from?
Word of the week: Faith
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