“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. “ -James 1:2-4
I have read this passage multiple times over the years, but it really hit me this morning. After two miscarriages in the last seven months (one at 14 weeks), I confessed to a dear sweet sister in Christ just yesterday that I really feel like my faith is being tested. And if I’m honest, I’m just having a real hard time within me “picking up and carrying on”. And as Mr. Paul Pounds read these verses this morning at church, it hit me…it’s Biblical for our faith to be tested. We don’t usually admit when our ‘faith is being tested’, but here it is.
And what does it say? To consider it GREAT JOY when you experience various trials. When life hits you hard with not one but two miscarriages and you feel like you can’t even stop to catch your breath, when you see that sweet picture of a newborn baby and realize that your little one should be a month old today but instead he’s in the arms of our Savior, when your oldest son asks you “Momma, are we never going to get to have a baby again?” and then prays for healing for my body so we can have yet another blessing… CONSIDER IT GREAT JOY.
I’m coming before Jesus today and I’m praying for His complete work of endurance within me. I want to be mature in Christ and lacking nothing. I know He is working and He is on the move and I truly want to see HIS Kingdom come and His will be done no matter the cost. And though my faith has been tested over these last few months, I consider it great joy. Whatever leads me to the feet of Jesus is worth ALL the cost. That’s the only place I need to be is at the feet of Jesus. He is truly all I need.
Lord, complete your work within me that I may be fully mature in You and lacking nothing. May Your Kingdom come and Your will be done no matter the cost. I need you, Lord, every day. Help me to consider it great joy and always turn to praise You for Who you are even in the hard times. You are always faithful. Amen.