The Trying of Your Faith
James chapter one, verses three and four says: “Knowing this: That the trying of your faith worketh patience…” Now, the tryings of your faith are those irritations, those imponderables, those incapacities that are what I’m talking about. Those inconveniences, those trials, those tears, those tribulations. “Knowing this: that the trying of your faith worketh patience; but let patience have her perfect work that you may be perfect.” You know what the word “perfect” means? It means mature. What does God want out of you? God wants you to be a full-grown Christian. He wants you to be mature. You see, the Bible says God wants to bring you to the fullness of Christ. And the way God does that is to allow you to have trials and tribulations in order that you might be mature. Are children patient? Of course not. Anybody who has children knows that children don’t know the difference between no and not yet. Isn’t that right? They don’t know the difference. If you just said wait a while, to them, that is no. They want it-now! You see, we’re like little children. Tribulation brings patience, and patience makes us mature.
By Adrian Rogers