When instructed to turn to James 1:2-4 via a devotional I was reading this morning, I found myself thinking: “I know, I know, be joyful about my trials.” But I turned to it anyway and read, and I’m glad that I did because this time a little something different stuck out to me, and that little something was the word “LET.” Let’s read it now together (he, he 😉 )…
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish it’s work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (Emphasis added)
Hmmm…if you’re anything like me, you just gave yourself a little mini evaluation that went something like this: “Am I letting God complete His work in me through my trials, or am I fighting and fretting the whole way through so that the only thing that’s complete in this is me completely missing the point?! Yikes!!
“Let” may be a small word here, but it’s a big clue for how we experience God’s fullness in and through our trials! Whatever trial(s) you’re facing, vow with me today to be a person of “let” rather than a person of “fret!”