Journeying through James, 1:11

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. 13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. James 1:12‑15 (NIV)

When we see children walk for the first time, there’s a certain joyous expectation that captures us. Even though the little ones almost always fall, we count their steps in anticipation and in joy to see them growing up. And the little ones get so excited that everybody is cheering them on. Let me try to relieve some stress for you regarding how God looks at you.

You’ve probably heard the story of Job in the Bible. Job gained a very interesting perspective on God. He came to the conclusion that “Surely then you will count my steps, but not keep track of my sin.” (Job 14:16, NIV). Job’s friends didn’t understand this.

James points to perseverance as a true sign of Christian faith. We are not exempt from trials. Jesus takes our hand as we walk through them. Job’s friends saw God as a judge making note of where they sinned. Job knew he was not perfect, yet he praised God because he knew that God was his hope no matter what. Doesn’t this define true perseverance? “Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ” (2 Thessalonians 3:5, NKJV)