James 1:12 – Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
Often we want our lives to be at ease, free from difficulties, trials, and hardships. However, we need to remember that, when we have ease, we miss out on certain aspects of the blessing of God. Here in James 1, God promises a blessing for those who stand and remain steadfast in the midst of trial. If we want the blessing of God in every way, we are going to have to be ready to face trials.
Why is it that God blesses those who stand during hardship? It is fairly simple. When people serve and thank God during the good times, this is a good thing. However, when people face hardships and trials and still serve and thank God, this is more than good. To serve God through your suffering is one of the highest ways to point the world to God’s ultimate glory. Thus, God blesses those who serve him faithfully through the dark days.
Are you currently facing a difficult time? Are you suffering as you serve the Lord? Let this verse give you comfort. God sees your struggle. He sees how faithful you are (or are not). He will reward his servants who stand strong in the middle of trials. Let that hope in God’s future grace give you peace. Let the fact that God will crown his faithful suffering servants strengthen your resolve to continue on in the work of the Lord.