Last week, we began to unravel this truth that…
God can work good in our trials.
Reread James 1:2-5
What is God teaching you through this passage of Scripture?
Let me share some key things going on in this passage of Scripture. Before we talk about enduring and spiritual maturity, we need to talk about the one thing in this passage that ties it all together.
God’s wisdom is the key to enduring trials and coming out of them successfully.
Like a diamond, God is refining us in the process. As He refines us, we need to seek His wisdom and focus on our relationship with Him. He is what makes the difference between painful (profitless) trials and good-coming-out-of-our-trials.
In verse 5, we are reminded that God is open to giving us His out-of-this-world wisdom if we will simply come and ask.
Testing our faith reveals endurance (consistency).
How have trials taught you consistency in placing your trust in Jesus Christ?
One of the “jobs” of trials is to remind us that we cannot survive without Jesus Christ. We need our Maker. I love this definition of endurance, where we are reminded that one who endures – “is not swerved from his deliberate purpose and his loyalty to faith and piety by even the greatest trials and sufferings.” This quote leaves me with a related question.
Would I live out my God-given purpose, if I did not have trials?
This concept of “lacking nothing,” means…
When the testing is through, we will be one step closer to being perfect and complete in Christ – “without fault”.
The truth is – all of us need Jesus to finish the work He has started. In Philippians 1:6, we are reminded that this is what He will continue to do: He will finish what He has started. We will lack absolutely nothing, with Jesus guiding us through our lives.
God is helping us in our adversity to lack absolutely nothing. This is an important component to grabbing ahold of Jeremiah 29:11 in our lives. God has a plan, but often His plan involves growing pains. Teleios, the Greek word for this kind of “perfection,” actually means “full grown.”
In this light, trials can help “make us” – so to speak. I don’t enjoy trials in the least bit, but the growth experienced makes it worth the messy ride.
In our trials, we still have a hope that has been in place every single day of our lives. We are given hope through Jesus Christ – our Lord and Savior through His death and resurrection!
Some good questions to ask on this spiritual growth include – “In your trials, how have…”
- you noticed God is bringing you closer to the likeness of Christ and further away from the person you were before coming to Jesus?
- you felt like you were lacking? Bring it to God right now. Arm yourself with Scriptures that speak truth to your circumstances.
- the trials brought you closer to experiencing growth?
- you experienced God’s strengthening you through His Word?
Write out Romans 5:35, and focus on those things this week.
**All definitions were found using the Strong’s Concordance.**