Some of the best love stories ever told are those by couples old and grey who recount that those who should have believed in them most had the least amount of faith that they’d last.
They tell stories of lean years
weary days of work without end
sleepless nights with colicky babies
and not only a love that lasted – but a love that grew, matured, and was secure.
And no story like this is every complete without, “And we are more in love today than the day we met”. Some may find that trite – I find it comforting. I usually have tears in my eyes by the time these stories are done.
Z and I are still newly weds. We are only celebrating 6 years of marriage this August. Stories such as these offer hope in this cynical world we live in of Hollywood marriages doomed to fail before the groom has ever kissed his bride.
They speak of a love whose strength was tested and found capable to withstand pressure
of a relationship whose trust was put to the test and found secure
of character that was mature
and a determination to make the best situation of the worst circumstances.
And this is what James was talking about when he said, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”
Every relationship will eventually experience a trial – a test – to see if it is made of material that will last. Does it have a foundation? Is it made of quality material?
The test of our faith in that relationship will prove whether or not we are patient to endure the test until the end.
And if we are – we will prove not only our own maturity and wholeness, but the maturity and wholeness of our relationship (perfection).
Has your relationship with God been put to the test? Have you endured trials in your spiritual walk with Him? Did you endure to the end? Was the quality of your relationship proven flimsy or strong? Was your character proven to be mature or childish?
The results of these trials depends on you, dear sister. If you failed the last test, you can always start again – but this time, invest in materials that last:
Quality time with the Lord
Quantity time with the Lord
Memorization and mediation on God’s Word
Relationships with mature believers who will speak into your life
Quality Christian material that will help build your character
And when the next trial comes, you will have a strong foundation and structure that will stand strong through the storm, and a relationship with the Lord that will display joyful endurance in faith and security knowing that no matter what you face – you can make the best of it with Jesus at your side!