James says, “Let patience have its perfect result” (James 1:2). Patience is a virtue, but not as an end in itself. It’s only because patience results in a “perfect work” that there is any real point to it. By enduring our troubles, and not letting them get us down, we can derive benefit from them.
So what is this beneficial result? What is this “perfect work” of patience? We become “strengthened with power through God’s Spirit in the inner person” (Ephesians 3:16). Patient endurance makes us spiritually fit to “fight the good fight” (2Timothy 4:7).
Our troubles may prevent us from following a course in life that was our will to follow. Instead, we have to put ourselves in God’s hands, trust him, and let him do with us what he wills. “For it is God who is at work in you both to will and to work for his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:12-16).
“The Father of mercies, and God of all comfort, comforts us in all our affliction. With this comfort from God, we ourselves will be able to comfort others who are in any affliction” (2Corinthians 1:3-7). By patient enduring and waiting upon God, we receive supernatural help from Him. We become a beacon of hope for other sufferers.