The things that threaten to break you may be the very things that make you.
Whether it’s relationships, study, a promotion at work or having kids, there are all kinds of things in life that look glossy on the cover, but as you turn the pages you soon discover it’s much more challenging than you anticipated. But it’s our response to the trials we face that determines our destiny. Either we quit the track we are on to find an easier one, or we stick with the path and see it through to it’s end.
Although the one who chooses to exit may find immediate release, they’ve robbed themselves from any chance they had to finish. But the one who perseveres will discover that elusive treasure at the end of the rainbow.
God makes it clear that perseverance has it’s great reward:
‘Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything’ – James 1:4 (NIV)
Perseverance will never have a chance to work if there is nothing to persevere through. The ironic truth is that as you and I persevere through the very things we think may break us, we actually become complete.
This word, ‘complete’ refers to the action of casting a lot to discern the will of God. It communicates the idea that by persevering a person will receive everything that has been ‘apportioned [to them] through divine lot’ (HWS).
In other words, as we persevere through the very things that threaten to break us, we unlock the fullness of all that God has for us. To the extent we persevere through our trials is the extent we walk in the richness of everything God wants to give us!
No wonder James calls it ‘pure joy’ when he faces all kinds of trials:
‘Consider it pure joy… 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’ – James 1:2-4
Never sell yourself short by quitting too early. Let your trials work for you like a high interest bank account. The more you persevere, the more you will discover that the very things you thought would break you are the very things that will compete you!