17 Nov 2018
Let Your Faith Be Tested… the Result Will Be Huge!
We tend to think that any trial or test we face must be a fearful experience, but today’s verses from James 1 reveal the huge advantages of having our faith tested.
I remember sitting my exams and taking my driving test, and fear certainly played a part in those situations. But with tests of my ‘new creation’ (my post-salvation being) and its attributes, I’m learning that it’s not really a trial. I’m born of the nature of God, which is a nature that cannot come under threat. That new nature is eternal, and is made in heaven for us, according to scripture.
So where does the ‘trial’ exist? The answer, of course, is in my flesh. If only we could grasp that our new nature – born not of corruptible things, but incorruptible things – is not vulnerable. The problem is, we have been brought up with the old nature. We have heard its creaking and groanings, and experienced its weaknesses and poor thinking. But at some time or another we have to decide to ditch that thinking and take up the new man and his ways.
Our faith is part of the new nature, and it is made like that of the Father faith. Therefore, it never fails. It’s like the grain of mustard seed, which has the same ability as the parent plant and will develop the same dimensions, bear the same fruit and have the same character.
James says we should count it all joy when we fall into trials, because the testing of our faith will only produce more godliness; in this case patience. Let patience perform its work that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing!
Pause and reflect: Psalm 116:17 says: “I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the Lord.”