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LESSON TWO
Testing and Patience(v.3)

In the last lesson we talked about how we are to have joy when we go through trials. With this new lesson, we get to see why God would allow us to go through such trials. James tells us in verse 3...

knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience...

When we go through trials and God "tests" us, He doesn't do it to be mean or to pick on us. He does it to teach us to trust in Him and to count on His grace when things don't go our way. As we learn to trust in Him more and more, we develop something called patience.

WHAT IS PATIENCE?

Patience is another of those words that we really have to understand correctly. A simple way to describe patience is having the ability to "stick it out", or to wait on God. This means when things go wrong and we feel we are being tested by God, we shouldn't run away or look for an easy way out. Instead we should stand our ground and trust that God has something to teach us. This is how we learn patience.

The Apostle Paul went through a time in his life when he was facing some big time trials. He called these trials "a thorn in the flesh". He asked God to take away this "thorn" three times. Do you think God gave Paul what he wanted? Let's read what Paul had to say about trusting God and "sticking it out"...


Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness."
(2 Corinthians 12:8-9a)

You see, when God allows us to be tested and to go through trials, we feel helpless and weak. This is okay, because God wants us to feel helpless so we will ask for His strength and His grace. When our own "happenings" aren't that great, we can look past all the bad and see that God is at work to teach us patience and to give us grace.


QUESTIONS
1. What is a simple way to describe patience?
2. Why doesn't God want us to give up when we are being tested?
3. Are you willing to "stick it out" when you face your next trial?