James 1:12 is a pivotal verse upon which the previous verses and the following verses hinge.
The verse begins with the word blessed. Jesus used the word repeatedly in the first 11 verses of the Beatitudes in Matthew 5. The kword means happy, and why wouldn’t those mentioned in Matthew 5 be happy? For example, verse three says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven. They should be happy because they have come to the realization of their need for God and His generous kindness. Or, verse four says, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” These have come to the reality that they are sinners, and they need a Savior. One more example comes from Psalm 1:1, and the man in this verse has learned that he will be happier if he avoids bad company.
Going back to the text, James 1:12, we read, “Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial…” The idea is that he has overcome it. And, he should be happy, he has just experienced victory in a trial in the furnace of adversity called life.
Know that God allows us to go through difficult situations to prove us. Yes, He wants us to know that He is always faithful, but He wants you and me to recognize how much faith we have too. The more we go through, the more we grow in our faith and the closer we grow toward God.
According to the verse, we will receive a reward for our perseverance in trials. The Bible calls it the Crown of Life. The Bible describes various rewards or crowns that will be given to believers in Heaven.
The crown is not a kingly crown. After all, Heaven does not need another king because Jesus Is called the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Rather, it is a wreath that is placed on an olympian’s head after he has won an event.
In 1 Cor 9:25, the apostle Paul compares the Christian life to Olympians in a race. He says that their reward is only temporary, but the believer’s reward is eternal. Know that as those who have over come, we are winners. We have stuck to it. We have persevered. We have been faithful to the end. We have trusted Christ and received eternal life.
James continues. He notes that the Lord has promised this Crown of Life to those who love Him, and God keeps His promises.