Rely on his love and grace in all things, including the times of trial.
You know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” (James 1:3-4).
Grace is powerful and active. It is not passive or reactive in the least. Grace is proactive.
Grace is Jesus Christ living his life in you. As someone once said, Jesus Christ has been raised from the dead, and he is on the loose. He is on the loose in you.
Jesus is the pioneer and perfector of faith (Hebrews 12:2). When you heard the message, Jesus pioneered faith in you. And now by grace he is perfecting that faith, bringing it to maturity.
Jesus taught that we should be perfect, as our Father in heaven is perfect. That’s the goal. We’ve learned that human effort is not enough and that the law is powerless to deliver us to this end. Jesus, through his death, burial, and resurrection–God’s grace in action–rescued us from the realm of darkness and delivered us into the kingdom of God. By Christ’s completed work, we’ve been made perfect forever. We are exactly where God wants us to be.
The work of grace does not stop there, however. Jesus is fully focused on perfecting our faith, completing the work that he began (Philippians 1:6).
You will see this process taking place through the trials of life. Life on planet Earth is filled with trials and tribulations. They are constantly coming at us like waves to the shore. As Jesus said: “In this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33).
Each trial raises the question, is Jesus enough? We’re not always sure, are we? Sometimes we doubt and even worry that he will not be enough. Time and time again, Jesus proves that he is. And each time he does, he moves our faith down the road to completion, as James discovered. “You know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” (James 1: 3-4).
Through all that Peter endured, Jesus proved to him that his faith was genuine. Peter’s belief in Christ filled him with an “inexpressible and glorious joy,” and he received the goal of his faith, the salvation of his soul (1 Peter 1:6-9). The writer of Hebrews weighed in as well. He said we should endure hardship as discipline. The end result is a harvest of righteousness and peace for those trained by it (Hebrews 12:7-11).
Through the trials of life, you can be assured that Jesus is enough. His grace is sufficient. Fully abiding in him is new-covenant living and brings peace that passes all understanding.
Rely on his love and grace in all things, including the times of trial. You will see that in the midst of those trials, you can have peace, knowing that in Christ you have all you need.
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