Patience is Built Through Trials
- Date: June 5, 2017
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.” (James 1:2-3)
- From Faith That Prevails
Turn to the Book of James. These are passages we are all very familiar with. We want to refresh ourselves. "James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad" (James 1:1). Now, they were scattered because of persecution, adversity. The church is never at its best until it's being persecuted. The church is always at its best under trial and pressure. And we all hate that, don't we? None of us embraces that. None of us wants that. "O Lord, please send us to the catacombs." We don't pray that way, and I'm not encouraging you to pray that way, because I know that it's God's will to send us there. So why do I have to pray about it? In the providence of God, in the wisdom of God, He is going to take every one of us to our own Gethsemane. We all start getting a little uncomfortable when we talk about that. That's not where we are going this morning, but it is the truth.
"My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into [different] temptations" (James 1:2). How many of you still have trouble with that verse after all these years? Has anybody here been saved more than 40 years? Let me see your hands. Okay, one, two, about four or five of us. How many of you still have trouble with this verse? Oh, it's unanimous. You never get to the place where it's, "Oh praise God! My house burned down!" It's not always the first response.
The admonition is, "Count it all joy when ye fall into diverse temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience" (James 1:2-3). Let patience come to completion so that you might mature. After the tragedies-whatever they might be (the pressures, the temptations, the tests)-when the initial shock wears off, and we begin to say, "This is Father. He is taking me to another level of growth, and with every temptation He will make a way of escape," now the joy begins to come. The joy begins to come as we begin to embrace the love of God for us, because whom the Lord loves He chastens. See, that chastening is not always a whipping. Chastening can be a maturation process. It can be putting adversities on us and driving us into more maturity. Now regardless, the Scripture says to count it all joy. How many of you have found that in the midst of these temptations, tests, and trials-that is really what this word implies; it is threefold: temptations, tests, trials-we count it joy because it's working in us patience. We kind of laugh about it. We say, "Don't pray for patience." You don't have to pray for patience. God is going to bring it to you. But anytime you pray for patience, what has to accompany it? Trials. It's what works in us this very necessary character trait, because by faith and patience we inherit the promises of God. We are going to talk about patience in our sessions here. How many of you are not patient people? Yes? You need some more trials. We need some more proving in our lives. We need to be taken down a couple of notches in our self-confidence, in what we count precious in our lives.
Now remember what patience is. Patience is not just the ability to endure, but it is the ability to be constant. How many of you have found that your Christian life is up and down? Well, join the club. Everybody is that way. But our Christian lives should generally be, shouldn't they, on an upward plane? We have our highs, and we have our lows. And we have our high highs, and we have our low, low lows. At which point do you think patience is being worked in you? Is it being worked in you in the highs? No. How many of you like the highs? So watch what the Scripture says here. I want to get into the Word. "Let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting [or lacking] nothing" (James 1:4). Now the tragedy is when we think we are already there, lacking nothing, when we think we have arrived. But he says you have need of patience, and you have need of wisdom.