We need to expect trials, and persevering through them can be easier when we understand the blessings! James 1:12 and 5:11 state:
- James 1:12—Blessed is the man who perseveres trials;
for when he has been approved,
he will receive the crown of life which
the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
- James 5:11a—Indeed we count them blessed who persevere [through trials].
The Greek word for “persevere” is hypomonē, which is the same word for “patience” in James 1:3 and 4:
Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience (hypomone). But let patience (hypomone) have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
Many Bibles translate “patience” as “perseverance” or “endurance.” This is fitting because patience allows believers to persevere. I prefer “persevere,” because “endure” sounds like tolerating or putting up with. Persevere is synonymous with success. Those who persevere through trials are victorious. They are triumphant and blessed as a result. Some of the blessings, such as maturing from trials, occur in this life. Other blessings occur in the next life when we hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:23).
A few years ago I was experiencing a trial, and this is part of a message one of my heroes, Dave Zumstein, sent me:
It may seem glorious to you to be a mighty man leading mighty men into battle. I think it is glorious to God to see a man quietly, but strongly, striving to fight the good fight amidst difficult times. When the call comes for difficult times, oh that we might be that type of man.