Daily Reflections: A Daily Digital Devotional

Stay Steadfast

February 10, 2024 Deborah Smith

Let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. —James 1:4 ESV

In James 1, the apostle calls us to “consider it a great joy” when we experience trials. But when we’re in the middle of hard times, it’s hard to see what there is to be joyful about, let alone grateful for. But as I’ve studied this passage, God has shown me reasons why I can receive trials with a joyous spirit.

In verse 4, James challenges us to be steadfast during our difficulties. When we remain steadfast, the promise is that we will become mature and fully equipped. Some translations use the word perseverance, which means to “stay under the pressure.” That’s the key—staying in the trial until it has done what the Lord has purposed.

It’s not seeking to relieve the pressure; we don’t abandon our boats because we feel alone at sea. Rather we surrender our will afresh each day. God doesn’t just want us to bear fruit, He wants us to bear “much” fruit (John 15:8). That sometimes requires a sharp knife!

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Choose Joy in the Difficult Journey” (ReviveOurHearts.com/blog)

Scripture taken from The ESV

Make it Personal

How is God calling you to stay steadfast during challenges and difficulties in your current season?