- “These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” (1 Peter 1:7)
When God tests our faith, we’re forced to put that faith to work, to exercise it, to flex our spiritual muscle in a way we might not otherwise do. We learn to dig in and hold fast to Christ as the winds howl around us threatening to pull us from His grasp. By hanging on for dear life we can weather these storms and emerge stronger for the experience.
The “hanging on” process develops our spiritual grit and stamina, motivating us to take further steps to feed and exercise our faith. We build up our endurance through life’s ravages by remaining securely within the faith—and this is rewarded by God with His continued and repeated provision and rescue. Such storms incrementally build our character and prepare us for still greater tempests.
- “Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:3–4)
Perseverance will be needed to complete God’s purposes for us. When it’s time for God to promote us to the next level, we’ll need resolve and determination. For with every promotion come increasing persecution and obstacles to hinder our trust and faith in Him.
Without perseverance at work, we’ll easily give up when the first person we meet offers criticism instead of praise. Or when, Satan tempts us with the message that the task is just too difficult—too much hard work and not enough fun.
Storms are also permitted to come upon us so we can be helpful to others. If we never go through a raging torrent, we’ll never develop empathy for others in their times of need.