It is for our good.
We understand this concept in exercise. There is no growth or positive result without the work and struggle and the overtaxing of the muscle.
We have also experienced the overtaxing of our spiritual muscles, being stretched beyond ourselves, and can testify to the growth and joy that come on the other side of the ‘trial’.
Yet still we cower away and try to avoid the ‘next’ struggle, the next ‘stretching’, the next call beyond our comfort zone.
Left alone to our own devices, we would just naturally stay in ‘a place of ease and comfort’ even if we realize that there is a sense of bondage there. At least it feels comfortable and known.
But our Heavenly Father loves us too much to allow us to settle there.
“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-4
Are you undergoing a current struggle right now, not understanding the purpose?
Consider it all joy. Embrace and work ‘with’ the struggle as it produces endurance in you, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing, with the peaceful fruit of righteousness, that you may share His holiness (Heb. 12:10,11).
Fix your eyes upon Him, and run with endurance the race set before you (Hebrews 12:1,2).
Do not give up.
He promises never to give up on you.
This is post 2 of a small series that begins here: click here.
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