Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.–James 1:3
It seems odd to say that temptations leads to patience. Yesterday I discussed temptations. Temptations are difficult times or trials in our life that God uses. Paul says in Romans 5:3, “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience.”
So there has to be something there about difficult times leading to patience, if both James and Paul have said this. How do we respond when we go through trials? We want to fix it now. We don’t like going through them. We don’t want it fixed tomorrow, next week, next year. . . we want it to end now. When we go through these difficult times in our life we seek God more. By seeking God’s grace, instead of driving us to despair, suffering produces perseverance, perseverance produces character. Proven character results in a mature hope in God (or patience) that will not disappoint.
God’s grace lets us look beyond our present problems in life and lets us have hope in God and a certain hope for the return of the Lord. So this is more a patience that we know that the Lord is good and he will take care of us. So often we want our problems to end now, but God’s time is not our time. In 2 Peter 3:8, it says “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. ”
When we go through trials, we need to pray that God will give us the perseverance to get through it. That He will show us the lesson he wants us to learn and that we will increase in our spiritual maturity.