Let’s talk a little bit about math. Yes math. I think the history of math is really interesting. It started out with adding and subtracting then multiplication and division; today, quantum physics. And still mathematicians have ultimately uncovered that there is infinitely more to be known about math. The important part of math, and the reason mathematicians don’t find their work to be done in vain, is that it produces application along the way. Math has facilitated the most phenomenal inventions of the modern world and even many of the simplest things that we can’t seem to live without.
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.
And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4
In the beginning of James we find that this pattern is not foreign to God’s design. We are commanded to consider trials a joy and this because trials produce endurance. The more that we are tested by God, the more endurance we have. And as a result of that endurance comes the perfect result. The result is the spiritual maturity that we gain from the trials—the result itself being the perfect result of the trial, not a perfect man.
Now the more we experience trials, the more endurance we get. The more endurance we get, the more perfect results we get, that is the more mature we become spiritually. And the more mature we are, the more trials we will have and so on and so forth, so that a perfect result is continually being produced in us.
All of this takes place, ultimately producing spiritual maturity, so that we may actually be [or become] perfect and complete. This will take place on the day of the Lord when we go to be with Him in eternity. We will have become, through His blood perfect and therefore be lacking in nothing. For He who created all things will be among us and we will have no needs: physical, spiritual or emotional.
This is ultimately the same as the mathematician. We, as Christians, work our way through trials in life, the same way mathematicians work their way through the trials or problems that math presents. In a micro-chasm, we attain maturity, but there is infinitely more maturity to be gained. In a micro-chasm, the mathematician succeeds as well, solving one problem at a time, but there is infinitely more problems to solve.
The take away from this passage is that we should find joy in trials. When we suffer in this way, we can be confidant that we will gain endurance and ultimately more maturity. And ultimately, we will attain perfection when we go to be with Christ for eternity. Therefore take joy in the trials that you encounter in life.
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