Man's Character

Let Patience Have Her Perfect Work

April 8, 2014

We’ve all heard the saying “the only sure thing in life is death and taxes”, but obviously that’s not true. Another thing we can depend on, whether we’re Christians or not, is that we are going to face difficult times in our lives. Maybe it’s the loss of a job, the sudden death of a loved one, the loss of a home, or even your health that can have you wondering what to do and where you can turn.

Christians are able to turn to God in times of trouble and know he will be there to comfort them. Unfortunately, when unbelievers go through these same trials, its much more painful since they lack faith and the corresponding presence of the Lord. They have nothing to depend on during trying times, and thus the road is very difficult.

However, Christians should have peace during the trials of life. The scriptures state that God will use trials and testing in the lives of his followers to help mature their faith. It’s how God helps them to grow and trust him more.

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
James 1:2-4

So if you are a believer, count it all a joy when tough times come. Paul did this when he had the thorn in the flesh. While he did pray for God to take it away at first, he gladly endured the pain, submitting himself to the will of the Father, that he might have the power of Christ.

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
II Corinthians 12:9-10

Peter and the apostles were beaten by the Jewish council, and yet…they rejoiced.

And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.
Acts 5:41

So if you’re a believer, you can rejoice and be glad when the tough times come, understanding that God is working out his will in your life.

Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
James 1:3

And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
Romans 5:3-4

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
II Corinthians 4:17-18

Christians should understand that God is performing this work of patience in their lives, and that this work is for their benefit. So don’t fight against it, just trust that God knows what’s best for your life.

In II Peter 1, God gives us a list of things that should be added to us after salvation, and one of them is patience.

And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
II Peter 1:6

For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
II Peter 1:8

If the believer fights against God, they’ll prevent him from producing that patience (among other things) in their life. So let patience have her perfect work.

If Christians allow God to do this work in their lives, he will make them perfect (or complete), and wanting (or lacking) nothing.

But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
II Peter 1:9

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
I Peter 5:10

Last, there are promises attached to allowing God to produce patience in your life.

Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
James 1:12

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
Galatians 6:9

As we’ve discussed, trials come to the Christian and non-Christian alike. But consider this. If you’re not a Christian, and you’ve never trusted Christ to be your savior, God could be using this trial to point you to himself, to show you what he did for you.

Life is so much better with him, would you consider learning more about him today?

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