Sunday, April 19, 2009
Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.
Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing at the door! My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience. Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.
James 5: 7-11
The spiritual life needs opposition to bring out its best development. It flourishes most luxuriantly in adverse circumstances. The very temptations which make our lives one unceasing warfare train us to become true soldiers of Christ. The hardness of our experiences, which seem to us to be more than we can possibly endure, make the very school of life for us in which we learn our best lessons and grow into whatever beauty and Christlikeness of character we attain.
Taken from the book: "Today, Lord, I Will"
This is something that's been on my mind lately; the hardships we endure and how we handle them. Do we grow through them gracefully or do we kick against the goads as Paul did? Do we see them as opportunities to grow and develop more into the image of our beloved Savior, or do we think that God is punishing us because the circumstances of our lives do not reflect what "we" think they should be? I can't tell you how many times I've heard fellow Christians utter the words, "why is God doing this to me? Why is He allowing this to happen?" If we could only learn to wrap our minds around the fact that He is allowing it for our benefit. To mold us and shape us into the image of His Son.