James 5:8-9—— You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing at the door!
Paul and Silas cast out an evil spirit from a young girl. Her owners were upset because they earned a lot of money through this girl. So they and a mob that they incited, caught Paul and Silas and beat them with rods. Both Paul and Silas were then put into prison. But neither of them complained or grumbled. They both praised God and endured this trial with patience.
James 1:2-4—– My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing.
In Christian life a person is not considered “mature” depending on how much of the Bible they know or how much they can preach. In Christian life, a person who is able to go through trials with patience is a mature Christian. When patience is developed, such a person lacks nothing.
Our character is developed only when the road we travel is rough. This is akin to a student being promoted only if he passes in the test. Once patience develops, miracles show up. God’s purposes are discovered in the midst of trials when we accept those trials with patience and love.
Only when we have spiritually matured will we receive and appreciate all the blessings God has in store for our life. And maturity comes through the trials that we experience in our life. Thus trials develop in us patience and build our faith in God.
God has perfect timing; never early, never late. It takes little patience and it takes a lot of faith but it is worth the wait.