Monday, June 28, 2010
On Being Strong
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:25 (NIV)
Very recently, a daughter of a close friend told me that I was a strong spouse. I thanked her for her observation.
I began thinking about what makes a person strong in faith. Can it be something we ask God to do for us? Or is it like patience? We have been told if we pray for patience, God allows us to experience events in our lives that cause us to develop it.
In our human lives we have times when we have to realize how weak and helpless we are. Day to day, we make choices that causes us to either experience times of trial and tribulation or bypass a lot of extra grief in the process of life.
Sometimes we have to deal with the hardships of this life. We have the option of looking at the particulars through the eyes of man or of God. We learn of God by studying His Word, by prayer and reading devotional thoughts and meditating on what we learn.
Certain people learn from experiences that come into their lives. Others hear of their neighbor’s plights and take to heart the hard lessons that inevitably follow.
I have stated before that if we don’t learn what God intends for us to learn; we WILL get the chance to repeat the lesson until we do learn it over and over and, if need be, over yet again.