Pass Fail Buttons by Stuart Miles

Today, I want to focus in on James 1:2-4 (NIV), which says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because 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.” Let’s face it, when we go through trials we rarely consider it a joy. In fact in our attitude is usually, “Count it all aggravation and frustration when you fall into divers temptations. Knowing this: the trying of your faith worketh on your nerves.” That, Saints, has got to shift if we are going to become all that God wants us to be and get to a new and higher spiritual level.

God’s Quality Control Process
God gave me an analogy to help me to understand why He allows trials. Before a product goes out from a manufacturer to the public, there is a quality control or QC process that must take place. This inspection process proves that the product is fit for the consumers to buy. This keeps the company name and brand from being tarnished by the product’s failure to live up to public expectations. When the QC process is done right, there will be no necessary recall of items back the factory. In the same way, God has established a “QC” process that we all must go through. It’s called trials.

Are You Ready to Leave the Factory?
When we go through trials or testing, and we pass the test, this proves we are “ready to leave the factory,” or go to the next spiritual level and receive more visibility. Once we have been tested, God can trust that our character and integrity are intact so that we will not end up embarrassing Him. He has confidence that He won’t have to do a “recall,” meaning He won’t have to sit us down and take us out of the limelight because of a “product failure.”

How We Hinder the QC Process
One of the problems we create for ourselves is the thwarting of the “QC process.” James 1: 4 says, “Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” “Let” implies that we have control over whether the work is finished or not. How do we impede the process? Murmuring, complaining, failing to trust God, getting mad at Him for allowing us to go through the situation, and focusing on “Why?” instead of “What is the lesson I need to learn, and what response does God want me to give?”

Therefore, if you are going through a test, submit to the hand of God. The pathway to wholeness is paved with trials and tribulations that expose weaknesses and build strength. Embrace what you are going through right now because, in the end, if you handle things properly, you will rejoice when you see the results.

What has God taught you about James 1:2-4? Please leave a comment below.


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