As an adult, I’ve probably read James chapter 1 vs. 2-4 a lot, but it’s never stood out to me like it did tonight. Since I haven’t spent much time in my word, this was my go-to passage.
I love the way it reads in the AMP version “Consider it nothing but joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you fall into various trials. Be assured that the testing of your faith [through experience] produces endurance [leading to spiritual maturity, and inner peace]. And let endurance have its perfect results and do a thorough work, so the you may be perfect and completely developed [in your faith] lacking in nothing. James 1: 2-4.”
As I read over those verses, I immediately thought of a muscle. Whenever you begin to work out a particular muscle group (regardless if you are a beginner or not), you will feel some pain or soreness. But the more you work those muscles, the stronger they become. So my faith and your faith is like a muscle. The more we use it (the tests and trials), the stronger it will become. Now just like when you stop working out for a while, you become weak. The same thing happens with our faith, the less we choose to work our faith, the weaker it will get. Then you have to go back in (repeat some tests and trails) and build those muscles (your faith) back up again.
So when we are going through different seasons in our lives, we have to ALWAYS work our faith. Don’t get defeated; count it all joy. Your faith is being developed.