James 1:2-4 (NRSV)
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
The last twelve months have felt like a trial for most of us. Many of us have had our lives uprooted due to COVID-19, fears of sickness, or fears of not enough. It’s times like these that really test our faith. It’s the trial that reveals what we truly believe.
The trials we’re facing look different for each of us. Some fear sickness, others missing school, still, others struggle with all this family time. The thing is, the trial is a test. It shows you the areas you’re weak and areas you need to study God’s word more. So today ask yourself: where is your foundation? Is it in yourself? Is it in others? Or do you find your foundation in God?
Thank you, Lord, for the eternal salvation and peace you make available to each one of us through your son, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Father, I pray each person reading this devotion has received your gifts and is trusting in You. May we all experience your peace and joy that surpasses all understanding, even in our hardest and darkest of days. Amen.