2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.
In some places we can see bay areas where some part of the sea reaches into the land. The stones that we find on such protected beaches are rough and pointed, and not smooth. But on an open seashore where violent waters pound the rocks, the stones are smooth and polished. Christian character is like this. Just like how the rough seas make the rough stones smooth, our trials, testing, and difficulties can produce in us the beauty of Christian maturity.
When situations become difficult, we can be assured of one thing – God is interested in the perfection of our character. Psalm 119:71 says, “It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes.” Many people think that trials are bad things and they happen to those who are being punished. But God’s Word points out that trials can in fact be a badge of honour for the Christian. James 1:2-4 says, “Count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” Do you see that? We have to be joyful when we are led into God-ordained trials in our life. When we remain patient, the crown of perfection is waiting for us. God wants to make you perfect, and in many cases, perfection comes through the fire of trials.
As believers in Christ Jesus, we can rest in the fact that through the rough seas of trials and difficulties, God is conforming us into the likeness of His Son.