- It turns our worldly ‘woe-is-me’ perspective into a sacred ‘more-you-less-me’ perspective. Our perspective is turned from seeing hardships as dragging us down, to God using them to build us up.
James 1:2-4 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.”
The world, and honestly some churches, preach that pursuing comfort and prosperity is the goal of life. James 1 tells us the opposite. The scripture says to consider trials as “pure joy” because trials are what God is using to perfect our faith. He sets us on the hard road with challenges before us; financial pressure, medical issues, loss, and any number of things. Then He walks with us down that road, helping us through those trials to produce perseverance. Perseverance produces maturity in faith, and a mature faith draws us closer to God, which produces pure joy.
Worship of our God and Savior fuels the engine of perseverance. Worship reminds us of who God is and what he has done for us and others throughout history. It turns our worldly ‘woe-is-me’ perspective into a sacred ‘more-you-less-me’ perspective. Our perspective is turned from seeing hardships as dragging us down, to God using them to build us up.
Lord, thank you for the challenges set before us, for walking the hard road with us, and for loving us enough to build our faith, drawing us closer to you.
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Perseverance, like a seasoned runner, strengthens our spiritual muscles, enabling us to endure the challenges of life with grace and resilience. It is through these trials that our faith matures, transforming from a fragile sapling into a sturdy oak, rooted in the depths of our being.
A mature faith, like a radiant beacon, draws us closer to God, illuminating the path of our spiritual journey. It is in this intimate relationship with God that we find true joy, a joy that transcends the fleeting pleasures of the world and endures through life’s storms.
Worship and Perseverance
Worship, like a symphony of praise, fuels the engine of perseverance. It reminds us of God’s power, love, and faithfulness, shifting our perspective from self-pity to gratitude and adoration. As we focus on God’s greatness, our troubles seem to diminish, replaced by a sense of awe and wonder.
In the midst of trials, worship becomes a lifeline, a source of strength and encouragement. It reminds us that we are not alone, that God walks with us through every step of our journey, transforming our hardships into opportunities for growth and spiritual transformation.
So, let us embrace trials not as burdens but as blessings, opportunities to grow in faith and draw closer to God. Let us find joy in the midst of challenges, knowing that they are shaping us into the strong, mature, and God-centered individuals we are meant to be.
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Christopher Watson is an author of six books, both fiction and non-fiction. He is also a musician and composer with a B.A. in Music from Azusa Pacific University. For several years Christopher led worship at The Springs Church while attending Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas Texas. He's been involved with worship in a number of churches in California and the Pacific Northwest both as a musician and in production and technology. Now he lives and writes in Washington State with his amazing wife, wonderful daughters, and highly intelligent dog, Ellie Mae.