Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. - James 1:2-4
Are you going through a trial right now? I bet you are. Most of us are met with weekly, if not daily trials. Right now I have a friend of over ten years who has decided not to be my friend anymore. I’m sad. She was a great encourager and a sister in Christ. Her walking out of my life is hard and, I dare say, a trial.
The above verse is quite familiar to me and probably to you. I quote it often when I’m going through a trial, focusing on considering it all joy. Yet when I recently read it, the word “let” stood out to me. We “let” a lot during the day. We “let” out the dog, we “let” bygones be bygones, and we “let” other people have their way even when we want our own. To “let” something happen requires a decision accompanied with action.
I had never considered that rejoicing in my trials was really a definite decision to “let” endurance do its job. I considered endurance something difficult to deal with, something I would rather avoid. Yet the verse confirms that trials test my faith. I can choose to throw a temper tantrum in front of God, or I can accept the trial with joy and “let” endurance through the trial accomplish its purpose—to be “perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” What a wonderful work endurance performs when I “let” it.
One day I will see this sister in heaven. I can thank her for helping me be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Grace Community Church
Raleigh, North Carolina
One-Year Bible Reading
1 Kings 11:1-12:19