“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.”
– James 1:2-3 KJV
We’ve all read devotionals and blog posts about counting it all joy when we suffer trials. Today, I want to focus on letting patience have its perfect work.
The last thing any one of us wants to focus on in the midst of a trial is patience, because it’s usually the first thing to go. We become irritable, quick to cut down a person with our words, and misery cloaks us like a cloud.
Yet, James saw patience working in the background.
“But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”
– James 1:4 KJV
Have you ever seen the woman surrounded by children with a smile on her face? She’s the picture of serenity and responds to each children’s question with patience. People will remark how she’s the perfect person to be around children. Perhaps she’s simply let patience have its perfect work.
When you’re in a trial, it seems to last forever. As time progresses, the early frustration slowly eases to resignation. Or is it that we’ve simply learned to let go and let God lead? The smile that comes across our face isn’t forced, but one of joy knowing God is trustworthy. Our prickly pears have been pruned to show the inner strength that speaks of God’s handiwork.
Patience shows our brethren that we’re trusting in God. It’s a reminder that He is faithful to keep His promises. It doesn’t mean that we’re making light of a situation. It doesn’t mean that we’re ignoring the gravity of a situation. It’s simply a testament of God’s work in our lives.
So the next time you are facing a trial, remember the ones He’s brought you through. Remember the care He showed in His provision in your life. Remember the joy you experienced at His love. Remember the patience you’ve learned as a result.
How have you been perfected?