Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that The Lord has promised to those who love him. - NIV James 1:12.
Blessings, promises, crowns, love, life...this verse in the bible has them all. These alone make one think a life of pursuing God is always easy, trouble free and rewarding. Although this is true, it doesn't happen without a price. The verse also mentions trials, tests, and persevering. As we go about our day to day life, we will experience both the good (blessings, promises) and the not so good (trials and tests). All of this is part of life, living in a natural world. Verses like these are a reality check and give hope. A promise is something we can count on, look forward to. When difficulties arise or our plans don't work out favorably , we must not give up, we are instructed to persevere, go for it, hang tough, stay the course. Having done this, James the author of this verse, who is the brother of Jesus, tells us, we will be blessed, rewarded. If anyone understood trials and tests it was James. He witnessed Jesus experience the ultimate trial and test. The price Jesus paid was for us , our sins, our forgiveness .
Our price of living through trials and tests may be hardship, heartache, confusion and unanswered questions. But we must persevere, we must trust these words and remember the blessing and the reward will be eternal life with Jesus Christ.
Don't give up today!