Thursday, September 30, 2010
Hebrews 12:11 reminds us that discipline is painful, not pleasant. But the pain we endure as Christ followers produces endurance, character, and a sure hope in Jesus Christ. Suffering, like weight lifting, eventually produces greater joy! As we search for God's help in those times, we discover His love and the Holy Spirit's help. Our hope becomes more sure precisely because of the weight of life's demands (see Romans 5: 3-5).
We do well to remind ourselves that God is at work in every circumstance (see Romans 8: 18-39). If we continue training with Christ, the weights won't merely display our impotence, they will be the very opportunities that God uses in our faith training.
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
Are you in a situation in which you can recognize God using "weights" to develop your faith?
What new angle of trusting God are you learning? Will you focus on a scripture promise or principle that could further strengthen your faith?