In the Bible, James 1:2 is a shocking statement. James, the half-brother of Jesus, challenges us to “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds.” What?! You got to be kidding! Most of us go through a bit of panic and run away or around to find a place of comfort to hide when we are faced with a trial. You may consider James to be a bit sadistic here.
However, James proceeds in verse 1:3 to present a great teaching from the heart of God…. “3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” This verse states that faith produced by the Holy Spirit in my life under duress results in perseverance. Perseverance means the ability to achieve something successfully despite difficulty or delay. It becomes electric that we who have our identity based in Christ can walk with confidence no matter what life throws at us.
Then, James tells us in verse 1:4 why perseverance is so important. “4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” First, he makes sure that we understand not to run around or hide from problems but face them…“Let perseverance finish its work.” Why? “So that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
So, if you are alone or your marriage is in a trial, face the trial understanding that the end game is to look and act more like Jesus… “mature and complete, not lacking anything.”