“What did I do to deserve this?”
“How can I make it through?”
“What’s in it for me?”
These are some of the questions I imagine coursing through the minds of people going through major difficulties.
But there’s an encouraging promise in today’s passage, James 1:12. It says that if we remain steadfast and have stood the test, God will bestow upon us a crown of life.
Note it is not just any crown, but the crown of life. We are not told what this will look like (I can’t help but imagine a laurel wreath), but the crown of life is our reward as we navigate through the dark nights and choppy waters.
As we keep the faith, trust in God, resist compromise, and continue to obey Him, yes, there is something “in it” for us. Let us persevere and God will honor us in a heavenly ceremony far better than any gold-medal athlete can imagine!
Have a great day ahead.