James 1:12 “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.”
Perseverance under trial is an interesting concept. The Greek word is hypomenoi which means to remain under the trial. We have a tendency to run from suffering and trials. If our marriage is not going well, some find it easier just to cut and run than to work it out. In a difficult job it might appear appealing just to change vocations. Actually some people never lean the skill of pressing through trial.
James MacDonald tells the story of his high school basketball days. If he turned an ankle he had three choices: He could do nothing and he would be back in the game in two weeks. He could ice his ankle in cool water and he would be back in a week to a week and a half or he could submerge his ankle in the frigid ice water for thirty minutes and he would be ready for action in three days. The remaining under the ice was the secret.
The same is true of the trials God brings our way. We can skirt away from them and never learn the loving gracious truths He wants to teach us or we can remain under the trial and find the sweet victory God has for us.
You see the trials expose our weaknesses and areas of small faith. It these exposures we either bolt or experience God’s most wonderful seasons of growth.
Sometimes the pain can be so intense that we stop looking to God as our refuge and begin to just focus on simply reliving the pain. This is a grave mistake.
Give some thought today to the trials you are experience. Determine to remain under the test until you get the break through.