Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
For a relatively short read, and meditation over a few days, James is a great go to book. But it’s not easy sledding. James doesn’t mince words, speaking truth to us right where we live, uncomfortable truth. He was half brother of the Lord, the main pastor in Jerusalem, so he not only comes across more like the wisdom literature with the prophets added, but echoes the Lord’s call to following in the Lord’s way.
James calls blessed whoever perseveres or endures under trial. The context are those who are struggling in this life, most of them relatively poor, and as we see from the book, at the expense of the rich. Regardless of where we’re at in life, these words apply to us. Whatever trial we’re facing, we should persevere in faith, enduring it, knowing that in the midst of it God is at work for good, and ultimately will make everything right in the end. In the meantime we must persevere, endure, remain faithful in whatever trial or trials we’re experiencing.
To do that, we’re going have to pay close attention to all James says in this letter, and put it into practice. Only then will we be able to stand up and remain faithful in the midst of trial. A trial is a trial. If we want everything to be easy, then we’re looking in the wrong place. Life has its difficulties anyhow, but following Christ adds more. We might as well face that. But also with our face turned to Christ, to God’s word to us through Christ. Persevere and follow. In and through Jesus.