“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.” (James 1:12, NIV)
The disciple of Jesus receives a test as a good thing.
Although times of examination are seldom pleasant, the outcome of testing reveals the nature of the stuff we’re made. Only the person who has persevered under trial knows — really knows — the stuff of which he or she is made. Without testing, we’re just guessing.
To “pass” a test of our spiritual selves requires only perseverance. We need not persevere perfectly, but we do need to persevere faithfully.
The strength to persevere comes when we keep ours eyes fixed on Christ under even the most difficult of circumstances. Doing so assures capital “L” Life for us. We apprehend it in no other way. – Luther
Special note: Today marks the 245th anniversary of the founding of the U. S. Marine Corps. God’s grace, mercy and peace to all who have worn the eagle, globe, and anchor insignia — and to their parents, spouses, and children. Happy birthday, Marines! Semper fidelis!