Why do some individuals lack the ability to persevere? Why do they lack character that reflects the image of God? Why do they lack hope?
Could it have anything to do with how one personally approaches and navigates through sufferings and trials?
I understand the idea behind “sheltering” your children, but is it possible that they’re missing out on being able to produce these qualities as a result of your domineering actions towards/over them? Are you really helping or harming them in the long run?
Just think to yourself, “How did I develop perseverance, character and hope? Could it be because I too have learned from God how to navigate through trials that were self-inflicted and or others-inflicted?” You bet! We don’t wish trials upon anyone, but they do serve a purpose in our sin-filled world. In our world in need of seeing Jesus through our responses and reactions.
What purpose do sufferings have in your spiritual walk with the Lord?
Being around sports my whole life, I hear this phrase a lot, “you learn more from winning than from losing.” What are you learning through your valleys of the shadows of death?
Take some time to really meditate on these few verses today…
Romans 5:2-4 (NIV) 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope.
Psalm 23:4 (NLT) Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.
Nate Smith is a college baseball and football coach, a husband, a father of 6 girls, grandpa to 3 granddaughters, a police chaplain, a pastor, and has a passion to see men grow in Christ.
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