Steadfast

Remaining Steadfast

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
James 1:12 ESV

Relevant Scriptures

Genesis 22:1
Now it came about after these things, that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.”

Exodus 20:6
but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

Psalm 11:5
The LORD tests the righteous and the wicked, And the one who loves violence His soul hates

1 Corinthians 8:3
But the one who loves God is known by God.

1 Corinthians 9:25
Everyone who competes in the games trains with strict discipline. They do it for a crown that is perishable, but we do it for a crown that is imperishable.

Commentary

From Elliot: (12) Blessed is the man that endureth temptation.–Surely the Apostle links such blessedness with the nine Beatitudes, heard in the happy days gone by upon the Mount with Christ (Matthew 5:3-11). The words he uses in the original are the same as those which are expressed above, in our second, third, and fourth verses, by “patience” and “trials,” and mean a firm endurance, steadfastness, tenacity of purpose, and quenchless enthusiasm

From Henry: It is not every man who suffers, that is blessed; but he who with patience and constancy goes through all difficulties in the way of duty. Afflictions cannot make us miserable, if it be not our own fault. The tried Christian shall be a crowned one. The crown of life is promised to all who have the love of God reigning in their hearts.

My Pondering: We clearly see here God tests us. Yet we also see He doesn’t tempt via evil. What are we to make if that? I personally don’t believe God chooses to control every circumstance in life. Oh, He is omniscient but He wants us to love Him through trials not just because He blesses us. He wants us to love Him for who He exclusively or primarily because of what He gives us. There may not be a reason for every challenge and obstacle that is in our way but I am convinced there is a purpose.

Yes, faith, hope and love rule! Faith to know God has got us covered in spite of our temporary circumstance. Hope to know by His works we can conquer and surpass all. Love. Loving God, the greatest commandment. This is why we exist and why there are tests. To prove our love for God requires this first and foremost our Jesus and the inspired writers would not have said so.

For when we persevere and abide in Christ, our crown of bliss, of eternal life is assured because of love. For John 3:16 sums it up so eloquently: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

My prayers: Lord, help this poor soul stand strong and remain steadfast on Your love.

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