“Blessed is the man who endures temptation … he shall receive the crown of life.” (James 1:12)
James had much to say on temptation and how to bear it. He knew how it could be turned from a burden to a blessing. Here, he is not talking about temptation to sin, but events which really test and stretch us. For this reason, he says, that when these severe tests happen to us, we are to count it all joy (v.2). Is he serious? Indeed, he is, because he knew that such trials are a part of life that help us mature in our relationship and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. To meet our trials like our Saviour did, is to learn some of the greatest and deepest lessons that God has designed for us. By not collapsing under their weight, but by simply enduring them (by looking to the Lord and rolling them upon Him), we shall go on to receive a victor’s crown. This is not to boast how great we are, or to show off, but allow God to strengthen us to be more like Him and enable us to help our younger brothers and sisters in Christ. This is a great privilege; may God help us as we pass through every difficulty.
PRAYER:- “Lord, thank you that You have a purpose to every temptation; help me to understand and trust in you more.”