Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.
Matthew 5:48 NKJV
But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance(endurance)…
II Peter 1:5-6 NKJV
Endurance is a very important quality that you need to gain and work upon on your path to perfection. God wants to see this quality in every child of His and so He sets events to stir it up.
There is only one way to attain or practice endurance. What is it? To endure. Therefore, for you to attain this quality in good measure, God tests you with circumstances that will require you to endure. The Epistle of James affirms this statement
“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.”
James 1:2-3 NASB
God uses these events called trials to test your faith in order to produce endurance in you. It is very important that every believer knows this. Not every setback or delay is from Satan or demonic in this sense. Some of the setbacks in your life are just trials that God Himself has set to test your faith in order to train you to produce endurance.
When you sing in worship and say, “Lord I love You. All I want is You.” This statement can be tested by the Lord to show you especially if you really had faith (believed) in what you said.
When You encounter God’s promises in His Word or through prophecies; promises of prosperity, divine healing, protection, glorious destiny etc. There are times when these promises prolong and seem to delay. This may not be the Devil at Work, this may simply be a trial, a test of your faith in His Word, a test of your trust that He will do what He says at the perfect time and place.
This test of faith is seen throughout Scripture. One example is that of our Father of Faith, Abraham. The book of Hebrews states this:
For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.” And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.
Hebrews 6:13-15 NKJV
How long did it take for Abraham to obtain the promise made to him ? Twenty-Five years! Imagine the countless times he might have been tempted to doubt. He might have felt that God was silent concerning His promise. God let him get to be ninety-nine years before he had the promised son.
Abraham is the father of all who believe(Romans 4:11). We are the children of Abraham if we walk in His steps of faith. What were his steps of faith? Faith and patience.
How is this patience achieved? By endurance. This is what James spoke about in his epistle that we looked at earlier.
“For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:”
Hebrews 10:36 NKJV
There is a gap between doing the will of God and receiving the promise. That gap is the time of testing and during that time you either hold on to your faith in God’s promise Or give up. If you hold on, you get everything. What is God testing ? Your Endurance.
I want to end with the continuation of the conversation of James concerning faith, testing and endurance:
“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.
And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
James 1:2-4 NASB
Testing produces endurance. When endurance has done its perfect work on you, you are sure on your way to perfection. This is why God tests you; to perfect you. And when you eventually obtain the promise, just like Abraham and many others of like manner, the sufferings of you have endured before then will not be close in comparison to the glory and bliss you will enjoy.
Have faith in God’s Word. Strive to endure. Pass the test. Perfection awaits you. Grace is available and ever-sufficient for you.