12Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
Life is hard. It seems like a mystery when we face troubles. We wonder how things could happen to us and how things could end up the way they do, but life is hard.
I think it is cool that God promises us a blessing for coming through hardship. The blessing is eternal life. Because it is eternal life, I can only assume that our whole earthly existence will be relatively hard. I’m sure it is due to our separation from God and living in a fallen world opposed to the perfection that was originally intended.
Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”. Poor in spirit is not referring to those who don’t have the Spirit of God in them but rather it refers to those who are bummed out and struggling in a hard life.
Just tonight I was alerted to a couple folks struggling with hard times. Additionally, I can think of few others that have been having a hard time for awhile now. Father, you know who these folks are. I pray that your promises from James and from the mouth of Jesus would give comfort to their tired and troubled souls. Remind them of the blessing that awaits them at the end of this life. Thank you for your love and blessings. Amen.