12 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).
Do you know anyone who has ever backed out on a promise they made to you? How did that make you feel? What did you say to them? What happened in your relationship with them?
James mentions a promise in our verse for today. Did you notice what it was about? It said that God has promised a crown of life to those who love him.
When God makes a promise do you think he ever goes back on his word? Does he sometimes rethink his decision and then change his mind? We already learned that God does not do this. His word can be completely trusted.
So when we endure really hard things we know that God has a reward for us that he loves to give. We don’t have to be anxious and wonder if what we are going through is going to be worth it. God has promised that he will give a crown of life to those who love him as evidenced by their steadfastness when enduring the various trials that we face.
God always keeps his promises. It may take a little while for us to see it, and this is why we need eyes of faith and patience as a fruit of the Spirit, but make no mistake. God always keeps his promises.
Read 2 Cor. 4:17-18
• How could Paul say in this verse that our afflictions are light and momentary?
• What is Paul trying to do in these verses?
• What does verse 18 have to do with having eyes of faith and patience?
Our Father, your promises are so amazing. That you would give us a crown of life simply because we are yours and you saved us is gracious beyond words. We love that you are so good to us. May we never be filled with pride about these truths, but only humble thankfulness. Help us to remember your promises to us when we are tempted to fall away due to the struggle and pain of living in this world. In Jesus’ name, Amen.