Daily Reflections

The Promise of a Reward

February 7, 2022 Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope. —Romans 5:3–4 ESV

There is only one way to develop endurance, and it’s to go through trials. There are no shortcuts. It requires circumstances that seem to be unbearable or unfair.

While there are lots of different kinds of affliction and suffering, Scripture says we should face all of them with joy. We run this race with endurance because we keep our eyes on Jesus who endured. As we look to Him, we’re able to keep going and not grow weary or fainthearted in our trials (Heb. 12:1–2).

And as we endure, we need to remember that there is a reward promised for steadfastness: “Blessed is the one who endures trials, because when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him” (James 1:12).

So, stay up under the trial. Be steadfast. God is a faithful God who is patient and longsuffering with us. And at the end, there’s a reward waiting for you.

Make it Personal

How does your faith usually hold up under pressure? How do the promises of James 1:12 help you to endure?