Friday, September 14, 2007

Character Building... God's Way

Have you considered that…sometimes it feels like we've got the world on our shoulders, like we're in it all alone. Our Faith can provide a means for lifting the load, for providing support along the way and keeping things in perspective -- do we make the most of all it has to offer? If not, why not?

God uses circumstances to build our character. If you are feeling overwhelmed or are facing difficulties right now, try to figure out what it is that God wants you to learn from your current situation. Every problem is part of God’s plan to shape us the way he wants us. “Yet, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay and you the potter: we are all the work of your hands.” (Isaiah 64:7) We must work with God allowing him to use these situations to mold us.

“Beloved, do not be surprised that a trial by fire is occurring among you, as if something strange were happening to you. But rejoice to the extent that you share in the sufferings of Christ, so that when his glory is revealed you may also rejoice exultantly.” (1 Peter 4:12-13)

Remember the apostle, John? John stayed close to Jesus before and after his death on the cross: in the upper room, in the Garden of Gethsemane, at the foot of his cross, and at the tomb of his burial. Do you think John was happy his friend Jesus suffered the fate he did? Of course not. John did not give up on Jesus after his death, he stayed close despite the difficulty of the situation, and was around on Sunday morning to discover the miracle of the resurrection!

What about you? How do you deal with being stuck between yesterday’s tragedy and tomorrow’s triumph? God changed John’s life through a tragedy. How do you think he may be using your situation to transform your life?

“The God of all grace who called you to his eternal glory through Christ Jesus will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you after you have suffered a little. To him be dominion forever. Amen.” (2 Peter 5:10-11)

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