James 1:2-4 (HCSB) “consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.”
Each person has trials in their life. How we handle these trials is what James is writing about. We have a choice to both worry and fret, screaming the sky is falling like Chicken Little. Or we can look upon these trials as a learning experiences looking forward to how God will use these experiences to glorify himself.
When Abraham was prepared to sacrifice Isaac, he did not question God he followed God’s instructions. Knowing through faith that God would take care of him and save his son. Can we as Christians today develop this type of faith believing God will bring us through all of the trials of life. Allowing each trial to improve our endurance if we allow a complete work to be done in us, once a complete work is done we will enjoy a maturity in our faith. Knowing we will lack nothing, being able to face all trials with assurance that we will come out on the other side a better person.
A pastor friend of mine called from the emergency room moments after his wife had died of a massive heart attack. Instead of me comforting him, he spoke to my heart “I know where she is, and do not forget what it says in James chapter one. Allow faith to have a perfect work.” I hope if I am ever in the same or as difficult a situation, I too can look to the Bible for instant comfort and realize faith needs to have a perfect work so I too can have everything I need to cope with each and every situation.