Impact: Hope (Day 2)

Throughout my study in the book of James for the teens, I noticed there is a word that
doesn’t show up at all in the text: hope. I thought that was interesting because James’
letter is filled with just that!
 
He is writing to a group of Christians who are struggling, not just physically, but
emotionally and spiritually because of persecution. They are scattered, simply because
they believe in a man named Jesus.
 
If anything, hope is what they need! They need the comforting expectation that the
future will look brighter than it does right now. They want assurance they can get
through this hard time with the joy of salvation at the end.
 
James, though he may not say the word hope, gives them just what they need. 
James says in 1:2-4 NIV “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you
face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces
perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and
complete, not lacking anything.”
 
The only way you can consider a hard time “pure joy” is if you have one
thing…hope. This trial is not the end; the future is bright! Press on, endure this test of
faith, and it will produce perseverance which will help you remain strong and hopeful
while waiting for our Savior Jesus to come. You will be perfect and complete when you
hold on to this hope.
 
I don’t know what trials you’re facing today. We all have something going on in our lives.
It could be a speed bump or it could be a brick wall. Trials are difficult to overcome on
your own. Listen to James’ encouragement. That speed bump is something you can
hop over. That brick wall is something you can get around. I believe that with our
hope in Jesus, you can even do this with pure joy!
 
“Heavenly Father, thank you for the hope that you have given us through Jesus. Trials
and tests will come our way, but I know with my hope in you, I can overcome them with
joy. Amen.”
 
-Kendall Beye