“Don’t run from tests and hardships, brothers and sisters. As difficult as they are, you will ultimately find joy in them; if you embrace them, your faith will blossom under pressure and teach you true patience as you endure. And true patience brought on by endurance will equip you to complete the long journey and cross the finish line—mature, complete, and wanting nothing.”
~James 1:2-3. The Voice
These words are hard to read and even harder to embrace. None of us desire to have hardships in our lives. But, as we well know, hardships do come our way.
I’ve noticed several of my younger friends express their pain and upsetness over situations in their lives. They just want to be happy and have everything go their way. All the time.
‘If I just had a perfect husband, a perfect family, a perfect home, all the money I needed, the education and job of my dreams,’ the list goes on and on. And somehow we think somebody else got all that but we were gypped. I used to think that way. However, as I’ve grown older and, hopefully, wiser, I’ve learned that none of us have perfect lives with everything we could ever want and/ or achieve. We live in a fallen world. Nothing and nobody is perfect. We ALL will have troubles.
However, this verse gives us sound advice: ‘if we embrace our tests and hardship’, notice the word ‘if’? What will happen? ‘Our faith will blossom under pressure and we will develop patience.” What awaits us at the end of the line? Maturity, completeness and we will want for nothing.
Now that is worth waiting for!