We run from pain. Our bodies react to eliminate physical pain. We work quickly to eradicate emotional pain. To allow pain isnt logical. To embrace it?
The book of James says to “consider it pure joy” when faced with trials. Why? Because they test our faith. And this testing produces perseverance. Another word for perseverance is “grit”. Do you want the Lord to make you into a gritty servant of His?
James 1:2-4 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 (ESV).
In Romans we are told to “rejoice in our sufferings”. Why? Because they bring endurance. Endurance brings character. Character produces hope. Do you want to be a gritty, follower of Christ, who displays endurance and character, and has eternal hope? Or would you rather be a cowardly, lethargic, hopeless, follower, who lacks integrity? Yeah, me too.
Romans 5:3-4 …but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope (NIV).
In their natural state, metals contain impurities, making them unusable. The metal is brought to extremely high temperatures, which causes the impurities to separate from the metal. The impurities are removed, bringing the metal one step closer to being useful. We each have impurities within us (sin). To be a useful tool in the hands of our Creator, we too must be put under extreme conditions at times.
When the refining process occurs, don’t run. Ask….
- What can I learn?
- How can I grow and mature?
Don’t ask God to shrink your trials. Ask Him to grow you bigger than your trials.