Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. – James 1:2-4
I don’t recall my parent’s using the word mature around my siblings and I as we were growing up. It was more like ‘grow up.’ As well, during those times when we misbehaved I know the words mature and complete were not in their vocabulary. The only time my parents used the word complete was in the form of a paddle making complete contact with my bu..bottom.
*Note to my parents: Put the paddle away. I’m just using what they call illustrated humor to make a point. I love you!! Big Smile!!
I’ve been facing some tough trials this past year. Separation, divorce, loss of friends, etc., and during this time a pastor friend told me; “Brian according to James 1:2-4 no matter what trial you face God will complete and mature you, but only if you have faith He will do it.” As well my friend pointed out a part of the verse that to this day absolutely blows my mind, it’s the last three words in verse four; “not lacking anything.”
We’re all sinners saved by the grace and love of Jesus Christ, but sometimes it’s hard to comprehend that as someone who fails God in some way on a regular basis is telling me that through faith and perseverance not only will I be mature and complete, but I will “not lack anything.” These words “not lacking anything” should be enough to remind us we should be praising God through our trials. How amazing is our God and His love for us. So remember, as you face trials (we all do) not only is God with you, He is also whispering in your ear; “you will not lack anything.”
And while He whispers those words to me I still have moments where I say; “who me?”
Remember, life is one long hiking trip, and each step along the trail God is whispering; “trust Me and have faith, I promise you will not lack anything. Oh, by the way, consider it joy you’re facing these trails.”