Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Pressure Of The Trials

Life has gotten crazy, leaving me little time and even less inclination to blog. As the stress continues to rise, however, Scriptures like 1 Peter 1:6-7 challenge me.
In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. ~~(ESV)
I choose the word "challenge" rather than "comfort" or "encourage" because right now the stress has escalated to the point that I just want the trials to stop! Thinking about the eternal benefits of this testing grows difficult as obstacles multiply and  additional problems arise. Can I keep rejoicing? Will these trials expose my spiritual immaturity yet again?

As I confess my fears of yet another spiritual failure, however, the Holy Spirit reminds me that He is the Person responsible for enabling me to rejoice in tribulation. He gives me faith; I don't manufacture it myself.  1 Peter 1:6-7 doesn't command me to rejoice so much as it states my rejoicing as a given. Feelings, of course, are optional.

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