James 1:2-4 (New King James Version)
Profiting from Trials
2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
James 1:2-4 (Amplified Bible)
2Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations.
3Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience.
4But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.
I could just let those verses be my post! Patience…I have next to none. I want what I want, when I want it, which would be now. But good things take time. Certainly the Lord could just touch me and make me patient, a quiet and gentle spirit, etc. But what would I really gain from that? I’d not see the blessings unfold one at a time as my dependence is more and more on Him and less and less on myself. I’d not need to cry out in my heart for strength to get through the hard times, or need to be in His Word to find encouragement and guidance. Without the hardships, I’d not have anything to compare the good things too, which cause me to praise Him. Every single thing we go through helps to strip away the bad and purify the good. The dross floats to the surface and can be removed so we are refined like silver. Trust me there is plenty of dross in this vessel, but I’m a work in progress.
Diamonds are formed within the earth under extreme pressure and temperature. Silver and gold are purified under extreme heat to cause impurities and dross to float to the surface, and faith is made strong through trials….the heat and pressure in our lives. Not that we want to pray for difficulties, but when pain and adversity do come along, it can be for our good, as it causes us to lean on the Lord, pray, and draw closer to Him. More of Him, less of me = “perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”