James 1:12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
Promise: God promises blessings and an eternal reward to those who persevere during difficult times with love for Him.
What motives you to ‘hang in’ when times are hard? Do you persevere because you are hoping for monetary compensation, a better education, advancement potential, family commitment or self-enhancement? Do you persevere because of loyalty, patriotism or love? The Bible tells us in James 1:2-4 that perseverance builds our character, but here God reminds us that our perseverance brings blessings and eternal rewards. In a world that is driven by ‘self’ promotion and advancement, isn’t it important that we look at our motives and see what is really driving us. Are you looking for godly blessings? If so, do you have godly goals for your life? How much time do you spend in God’s Word meditating and studying? This summer, why not look into God’s Word and see what you can learn about Him. He promises that you will be rewarded now and in eternity. My final questions are: are you motivated by the love that God showed towards you by sending Jesus? Do you seek to show godly love towards others?
Lessons and Truths:
1. God blesses steadfastness and perseverance.
2. God’s tests have a time limit, they will not go on indefinitely.
3. God’s rewards have eternal valuable.
4. God loves us and desires that we show our love for Him in our lives.
Prayer: Lord, create in me a steadfast character so that I can withstand the trials of life. Show me ways that I can love others as you would love them. Give me the desire to establish goals and habits that are glorifying to you. Guide me in your ways so that I will reflect Jesus in all I say and do. Amen.
What is my response to God’s promise?
What goals can I set that will reflect Christ in my life?
Where or to whom do I need to show God’s love today?
Promise Confirmation: (Where else in the Bible do we find a similar promise?) 2 Timothy 4:8, James 1:2-4, 1 Peter 1:6-7, 4:12-13 and 5:4, Revelation 2:10 and 3:10-11
I pray you find this promise thought provoking and encouraging. More to come this summer as I am preparing to launch my new book, Promises for Dynamic Living.