More and more I am convinced that a believer’s perseverance, steadfastness, in the face of trials is a precious sacrifice of praise to God. As I watch friends suffer another round of cancer treatment, reel in the face of their spouse’s unfaithfulness or grieve a prodigal child and yet turn their eyes to Jesus and testify of His faithfulness despite their painful circumstances, I marvel…
Beautiful. Enduring faith. Shaken but not destroyed.
One thing I know for sure, Scripture tells us to count it all JOY when we face trials of many kinds because the testing of our faith produces steadfastness. In light of God’s faithfulness to us, is not our growing steadfastness evidence of becoming more like Christ? JOY!
Lord, help us to count it ALL joy. Transform us into Your likeness. Help us to walk by faith clinging tightly to Your hand as we journey through suffering, loss, and disease. Be our strong foundation and strengthen us to persevere with eyes fixed on You all the way home, Jesus. You are worthy of all glory, honor and praise, Father! -Amen
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” James 1:2-3, ESV*
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