“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”
James 1:2-5 NIV
How fitting is James 1:2-5 right now?
The testing of faith produces perseverance.
Perseverance makes us mature and complete.
I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of hearing “in these uncertain times.” First of all, when was life ever certain? But beyond that fact, I don’t need the constant reminder. Living in a pandemic requires faith. Our faith is tested daily. Big and little fears pop up.
Yesterday I sneezed really hard and hurt my throat which caused me to cough a “dry cough” for a minute. I started the whole thought process of worrying about being sick and how I didn’t wipe down my groceries when I brought them home, and that Jess picked up some carry out, and I brought in the mail, and picked up a package from off the front porch and on and on.
Then I start worrying about all those whose faith I am unsure of. What if they get sick and die? What if I give them the virus?
What if I give my dad whose staying with us the Coronavirus?!
On and on. Down one rabbit hole and into another.
I’m sure you can relate.
I had to remind myself to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” -Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV
I spent some time in prayer giving God all my worries.
Perseverance is about making the effort to move forward even when being pulled back.
I give you my fears
And lay them in your hands.
Guard my heart, soul, mind and strength today.
Help me lean on you,
Help me persevere.Amen.