“My brothers and sisters, you will have many kinds of trouble. But this gives you a reason to be very happy. You know that when your faith is tested, you learn to be patient in suffering. If you let that patience work in you, the end result will be good. You will be mature and complete. You will be all that God wants you to be.”
James 1:2-4 ERV
I know it’s hard at times to wrap our minds around the fact that we must go through trials, rejoice in them, and rejoice because of them. (Matthew 5:11-12 1 Peter 4:12-13 Colossians 1:24) Believing what God says; that our trials are a road that leads to a good final outcome, gives us hope to endure. (Matthew 7:14 2 Corinthians 4:17-18)
BELIEVE WHAT GOD SAYS
“We have all these great people around us as examples. Their lives tell us what faith means. So we, too, should run the race that is before us and never quit. We should remove from our lives anything that would slow us down and the sin that so often makes us fall. We must never stop looking to Jesus. He is the leader of our faith, and he is the one who makes our faith complete. He suffered death on a cross. But he accepted the shame of the cross as if it were nothing because of the joy he could see waiting for him. And now he is sitting at the right side of God’s throne.” Hebrews 12:1-2 ERV
When Paul said, “We have all these great people around us as examples,” he was talking about servants of God he had just mentioned in his letter (in Hebrews chapter 11). People like Abraham, Sarah, Noah, Enoch, Moses, and others. All these are proof that people can live for God regardless of what they suffer in this life. Studying their lives build up our faith.
Then Paul talks about the best example of enduring trials: Jesus. Jesus endured a gruesome death on the cross. He also took the shame that came along with that kind of death as if it were nothing because of the joy he saw waiting for him. He was more focused on the end result than on his pain. And he was in excruciating pain. Jesus now sits at the right hand of the throne of God in eternal glory.
Jesus also endured many trials before his death on the cross. And he still endures persecution to this day. Read Acts 9:1-5, there you will see that when people persecute us they are really persecuting Jesus.
Learning to endure trials like Jesus and our faithful brothers and sisters did teaches us patience. (James 5:10-11) This patience must complete it’s work in our lives. Then we will be mature and all that God wants us to be. The end result will be very good. (Ecclesiastes 7:8) The person who wants more than anything else to please God will submit to God during trials. And he/she will be changed into the image of God’s son. (Romans 8:28-29) These folks will be all that God wants them to be. God is well pleased with such persons. (1 Peter 2:19)
SITTING ON THRONES
“I will let everyone who wins the victory sit with me on my throne. It was the same with me. I won the victory and sat down with my Father on his throne. Everyone who hears this should listen to what the Spirit says to the churches.”
Revelation 3:21-22 ERV
Do we see what joy is waiting for us? Are our eyes fixed on the prize ahead? Or has the evil one got us so focused on our trials we can’t see or hear what the Spirit says to the churches? WE WILL SIT WITH JESUS ON HIS THRONE!!!!! WE WILL RULE WITH HIM FOREVER!!!!! And more than that, we will be with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit forever. What more joyful and safe place can a person be?
“The kingship, authority, and power of all kingdoms under heaven will be given to the people, the holy ones of the Most High. Their kingship is an everlasting one; every authority will serve them and obey.”
Daniel 7:27 CEB
“But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.” Daniel 7:18 KJV
This is why you are enduring trials. This is what God is training us for; a permanent position with Him, that will last forever, “even for ever and ever.”