Eph 5 v 3-4
3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope.
This is an often quoted scripture that rings true every time I read it. I love the way The Message puts it….:
“We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next.”
Even when we’re hemmed in with troubles we shout with praise because we know these troubles serve a purpose.
Such a great thing to read, but I’ve got to be honest, sometimes a tricky thing to remember. I live a very blessed life with a fantastic wife and kids and I work at a job I love, but sometimes it’s hard. Sometimes there are days where it feels too hard even – but reading this passage reminds me to stick at it, to keep smiling and keep God in the focus, because the hard times will develop character in me. And at the end of the day, it’s my character that God wants to see grow and develop. So, next time I feel under the pump, I’ll think of this verse, take a breath, and think about the patience, character and hope that can grow out of it.
Lord, please help me to not shy away from problems, but to remember they are part of life and part of what develops character in me.