I have mentioned in the past few days that this has been a tough season. There are essentially three or four major struggles with which we are dealing. It is the kind of thing that creates sleeplessness. It is good that I am in Psalm 119 during this time. It reminds me to anticipate the night watches and fill them with praise and thanksgiving.
I was getting started in my time alone with God this morning and was trying to catch up with my reading, I didn’t. The reason? I was skimming through Romans to get to where I was supposed to be today and came full stop on Romans 5:3 – 5. I have written about this passage before from a slightly different perspective. Today, though, I was struck by the purpose of the struggles, tribulation, the Lord brings in our path. We go through that to develop our character.
I would personally rather take a course somewhere…
But this is His method. It is repeated in Hebrews 12:4 – 11. It is a good thing. It is evidence that God loves us. It is evidence that He is committed to our Christlikeness. It is a source of joy. It should be something for which we give thanks.
That is hard. At least for me. I want solutions. He wants character.