‘BLESSED IS A MAN WHO PERSEVERES UNDER TRIAL.’ JAMES 1:12 NASB
Too many of us view our trials the way we watch television. Some televisions have a second channel in the corner of your screen that enables you to divide your focus and watch two programs at once. A lot us try to superimpose our human viewpoint on the screen of God’s will for our lives. God gives us a divine perspective and then we open up a second screen, a human one, and try to figure it all out. Don’t waste your trials by trying to fit them into your limited vision and understanding or you’ll end up frustrated. It’s better to trust God, rest in His wisdom and take Him at His word.
A spiritual perspective on your trials will keep you from buckling under the weight of them when we times are hard. When you begin to look at your trials from God’s perspective, your spirit is renewed and you’re enabled to press on and receive what God has waiting for you. James writes, ‘Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life.’ Now the crown of life is not just something you receive in Heaven, you can enjoy it today. And who’s it for? Those who persevere. When God gives you this Crown, He’s saying, ‘you’ve passed another of life’s tests, now you’re ready for a new level of blessing.’ Remember the wonderful feeling you had when you passed some of your hardest test in school? Don’t get discouraged. God is up to something good. Keep going and don’t stoop until you receive the Crown of Life.
Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: Matt 5:3, Luke 18:9-14, Is 57:14-21, 2 Sam 7:18-29 www.mpbs247.org