Josh WannerDevotions

Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

James 1:12-13

Trials and tests can come in many forms. We’d probably all agree that 2020 has been fraught with one trial or test after another. Our response to the trial or test can be linked to spiritual maturity and past experience.

Some people may wonder if they can endure the restrictions and isolation of our current pandemic until it is over. We may say we are just “hanging in there.” Or we may focus our eyes on the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

Commentaries describe the crown not as a royal crown but more as a garland or wreath that was placed on the head of the winner of a race. That almost sounds like works-righteousness, but the righteousness that merits the crown is not our own. Rather the righteousness that earns the crown is that of Christ which was imputed to us through faith in Jesus’ shed blood for our forgiveness and justification.

Our job is to persevere and remain steadfast, knowing that God’s promises are trustworthy. These words of comfort and hope can bring a smile to the lips of a dying man.

Prayer: Dear Lord, give us a steadfast heart and help us persevere under trial so we may obtain the crown of life you have promised to all who love you. Through our one and only Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Contributed by Karen Seutter