James 1:2-4 - Let Trials Make You More Like Jesus.

James 1:2-4 (NLT) Dear brothers and sisters, 
when troubles come your way, consider it an 
opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your 
faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to 
grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is 
fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, 
needing nothing.  


   We know the end of the story: Jesus is 
coming back! When he does, he will make all things 
right and just. And if you are his follower, you 
will spend eternity with him. 
   Knowing how the story ends should change 
everything. One of the biggest ways it affects your life 
is that it should motivate you to use adversity 
to become stronger spiritually. 
   That's what James says you should do 
while you're on earth waiting for Jesus second 
coming: For you know that when your faith is 
tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let 
it grow, for when your endurance is fully 
developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing 
nothing (James 1:3-4 NLT). 
   You will undoubtedly face stress, 
problems, difficulties, and trouble in this life. In 
the time between now and when you die or Christ 
comes back, you should use those trials to develop 
endurance and become more like Christ in character. 
   Does becoming like Christ sound 
impossible? The Bible says God can do that work in us: 
May God himself, the God who makes everything 
holy and whole, make you holy and whole (1 
Thessalonians 5:23 The Message). 
   Are you whole - like these verses say you 
can be - or are you fragmented? Are you put 
together, or are you falling apart? These days, we all 
feel like were falling apart a little - and 
thats okay. Youre not supposed to have it all 
together. Youre not perfect, and you wont be 
while youre here on earth. You cant change 
   What you can do is work on getting 
spiritually fit in preparation for the coming of Jesus 
   Its important to stay physically fit 
and take care of your mental health. But you 
cannot neglect your spiritual fitness. You dont 
have to be the strongest, fastest, or healthiest 
when it comes to being spiritually fit. You just 
need to keep working on it and recognize that the 
trouble you face is often an opportunity to grow in 
   If you're out of work, if youre sick, 
if you're feeling the weight of prejudice, turn 
to Gods Word and his promises. When it feels 
like youre falling apart, remember that God is 
still working to make you more like him, and he 
can use even the most difficult circumstances in 
your life to do it. [Daily Devotional by Rick 
Warren: https://pastorrick.com/devotional/] 


Trials Will Come
   For he doth not afflict willingly nor 
grieve the children of men. Lamentations 3:33.  
   Our heavenly Father does not willingly 
afflict or grieve the children of men. He has His 
purpose in the whirlwind and the storm, in the fire 
and in the flood. The Lord permits calamities to 
come to His people to save them from greater 
dangers. He desires everyone to examine his own heart 
closely and carefully, and then draw near to God, 
that God may draw near to him. Our life is in the 
hands of God. He sees dangers threatening us that 
we cannot see  
   Every soul that is saved must be a 
partaker with Christ of His sufferings, that he may 
be a partaker with Him of His glory. How few 
understand why God subjects them to trial. It is by the 
trial of our faith that we gain spiritual 
strength. The Lord seeks to educate His people to lean 
wholly upon Him. {UL 65}   

Spreading Our Wings
   When a mother eagle teaches an eaglet to 
fly, she will very unceremoniously kick it out of 
the nest, which is usually ninety feet or more 
above the ground. As the little bird is falling, 
she will wait until it almost hits the ground. 
Then she will swoop down, pick it up, put it back 
into the nest, and kick it out again. She will do 
this again and again. After awhile, that little 
eaglet starts using its wings. Now, this may seem 
like a cruel way to teach something, but that is 
how eagles learn to fly. 
   Sometimes God will kick you out of your 
nest. You might be in a comfort zone in which 
everything is going the way you want it to. Then the 
Lord will say, "It's time for you to grow up. 
It's time for you to stretch your faith. It's 
time for you to spread your wings." 
   God will test you because He wants you to 
mature. He wants you to develop a walk with Him that 
is not based on your fluctuating emotions, but 
on your commitment to Him as you learn to walk 
by faith. 
   Notice that James 1:2 does not say, 
"Count it all joy if you fall into various trials." 
Rather, it says, "Count it all joy when you fall 
into various trials" (emphasis added). It's only 
a matter of time until the next trial will 
come along. It isn't an option. We all will be 
tested. The question is, when these tests come will 
you pass or fail? [By Greg Laurie from Harvest 
Ministries; https://www.harvestdaily.com] 

God Uses Problems to Help Us Grow
   God uses everything - even the pandemic 
were in right now - to help our character grow. 
He uses problems to help us mature. James 
writes it like this: My brothers and sisters, be 
very happy when you are tested in different ways. 
You know that such testing of your faith 
produces endurance. Endure until your testing is 
over. Then you will be mature and complete, and 
you wont need anything (James 1:2-4 GW). 
   You may feel tired and depleted right now 
because of how COVID-19 is affecting your life and 
the lives of those you love. This is the time to 
look to God, to place your hope in him, and to 
trust he is still in control. 
   He is a God of hope, and his hope will 
not disappoint. Given time, youll see that 
God can use even this pandemic to make you 
stronger and to develop your spiritual muscle. 
   In Romans 8:28, the Bible teaches, We 
know that God causes everything to work together 
for the good of those who love God and are 
called according to his purpose for them (NLT). 
   Gods purpose for you on this earth is 
to prepare you for eternity. This life is 
preparation for the next. Were in the warm-up act 
right now! Youre likely only here for less than 
a hundred years, but youll be in eternity 
for trillions upon trillions of years - and even 
then youre just getting started! 
   Todays problems get you ready for an 
eternity you cant imagine right now. 
   Thats what Paul says in 2 Corinthians 
4:17: These little troubles are getting us 
ready for an eternal glory that will make all of 
our troubles seem like nothing (CEV). 
   Todays problems may seem to be a heavy 
burden. But theyll seem like nothing in heaven. 
   Hang on to that hope when you feel weary, 
overwhelmed, or just plain ready to give up. God is 
preparing you for eternity with him in heaven! [Daily 
Devotional by Rick Warren: 
https://pastorrick.com/devotional/ re 2Co. 4:17] 

Spiritual Grit
   In her book Grit: The Power and Passion 
of Perseverance, Angela Duckworth said that her 
father, a scientist, frequently noted her lack of 
genius when she was growing up. As an adult, she 
began to study why some people succeed in life 
while others dont. 
   Her research included parents, students, 
educators, athletes, and businesspeople. The secret she 
discovered was a special blend of passion and 
persistence that she calls grit. For instance, you 
might have passion but not persistence. You might 
be very intelligent, but you might not have 
   I think we could apply this to spiritual 
growth as well. Christians who want to win the race 
of life need spiritual grit. They need to run 
hard. The writer of Hebrews urges us to run 
with endurance the race God has set before us 
(Hebrews 12:1 NLT). 
   The word the writer used here for 
endurance comes from the Greek word hupomon, which 
means patient persistence. Its spiritual grit. 
   And where do we get this spiritual grit 
that we need to run the race of life? 
   We get it from trials and tribulations. 
James 1 tells us, Dear brothers and sisters, 
when troubles of any kind come your way, consider 
it an opportunity for great joy. For you know 
that when your faith is tested, your endurance 
[hupomon] has a chance to grow (verses 2"3 NLT). 
   Your spiritual endurance grows through 
the testing of your faith. 
   Maybe youve prayed, Lord, I want to 
be stronger spiritually. And then a trial, a 
hardship, comes your way, and youre thinking, 
Whoa! Whoa! I didnt say that I wanted a trial 
or hardship! I said that I wanted to be 
   Meanwhile, God is saying, Exactly.
   Trials are sort of like Gods gym, 
where your muscle is broken down so you can build 
it up. Thats how youll get stronger. [By 
Greg Laurie from Harvest Ministries; 


In the full light of day, and in hearing of 
the music of other voices, the caged bird will 
not sing the song that this master seeks to 
teach him.  He learns a snatch of this, a trill of 
that, but never a separate and entire melody.  But 
the master covers the cage, and places it where 
the bird will listen to the one song he is to 
sing.  In the dark, he tries and tries again to 
sing that song until it is learned, and he breaks 
forth in perfect melody.  Then the bird is brought 
forth, and ever after he can sing that song in the 
light.  Thus God deals with His children.  He has a 
song to teach us, and when we have learned it 
amid the shadows of affliction, we can sing it 
ever afterward.  MH472. 


James 1:2-4 - Trials as Teachers.


James 1:2-4 - Profiting from Trials.



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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