In continuing to deal with the word consistency, faith is another aspect that requires consistency. The disciples in a number of times lacked consistency to the point you read of the Lord asking them, “where is your faith”, Luke 8:25. Several instances he called them “O you of little faith”, Matthew 6:30, 8:26,14:31, 16:8, Luke 12:28. Unique challenges and length of time posed a threat to their faith often throwing them to doubting mode.
James encourages brethren who face various trials that challenge their faith to count it all joy, why, vs. “3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience”. Peter a disciples of Jesus who earlier on struggled with his faith penned these words 1Peter 1:6-7, “6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials,7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ”. Both men uses the word joy (rejoice), testing of faith, patience (endurance). The testing of faith teaches men how to profit through trials instead of taking exits and trying other things.
Knowing what faith needs to go through, James in some way is telling us not to rush it or be unwise. Not to ask to be brought out but rather to be brought through. And his charge, vs4. “but let patience have it’s perfect work…” and if you lack wisdom vs. 5, Ask God who gives to all liberally. He further writes that all these to be asked in faith expecting to receive otherwise such a person he considers a double-minded which is to also say unstable not in some but all his ways. He says of the doubting person that he is “like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind”
A doubter is a double-minded person. Jesus had in mind such a person when He spoke of the one who tries to serve two masters (Matthew 6:24). As such, he is “unstable,” which comes from a Greek word meaning “unsteady, wavering, in both his character and feelings.” A double-minded person is restless and confused in his thoughts, his actions, and his behavior. He lacks maturity in the testing of his faith. Behind him is a trail of inconsistency having missed or exited the furnace where faith is tested and tried.
Biblical manhood calls for men to be steadfast in their faith, in other words be firm in purpose, in resolution. The testing of faith matures men to stand firm in the doctrine of Christ lest they stumble, Ephesians 4:13-15, “
13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ”
The testing of faith teaches men to be loyal to the faith, 2Timothy 1:12-13, “12 For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day. 13 Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus”
All these among others are impossible without God, therefore Peter says in 1Peter 1:5 that we are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation. Matthew 24:13, reads “But he who endures to the end shall be saved”. This is the perseverance of the saints or as RC Sproul calls it the preservation of the saints. Only God has the power of preserving our faith until the end even when it feels like the heat is so hot and we may feel like breaking. With this thought, we must cast our eyes upon Him alone to preserve us. Blessings Ev