READ : James 1:12
Blessed is anyone who endures temptation. (v. 12)
Remember when God tested Abraham? (See Genesis 22:1ff.) Abraham’s beloved Isaac, child of promise, joy of his old age, was now a young teenager. God spoke, “Abraham!” Abraham answered, “Here I am.” “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering. . . .”
Did anyone ever hear a more harrowing, heartbreaking word from God than that? “What? My son Isaac, a sacrifice!” Imagine how Abraham must have felt, how he must have had it out with God under the stars that night. But the next morning Abraham obeyed. He and Isaac set out on this dreadful errand.
We know now that God never intended for Abraham actually to slay his son. It was a test. God said afterward, “Now I know that you fear God.” More importantly, so did Abraham.
Most of us never face anything that dramatic, that blood-chilling. But those trials James spoke of earlier come at times to each of us. They test our mettle. They reveal what’s in our hearts. And when we come through them, trusting and obeying, God says we are “blessed.” We will receive one day “a crown of life.” When we hang in there under severe testing, that shows real love for God.
Lord, when our worst trials come, give us grace to pass the test!