Do you ever feel like a rock in a rock tumbler? Bouncing. Sometimes alone. Sometimes with others. It hurts to be roughed up.
“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”
Do you ever feel like you can’t make the right decision or choice to save your life that you have to be on guard every moment for your very soul because bad decisions and wrong directions can lead you nowhere and be hazardous?
“When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.”
What if the roughing up that causes smoother edges is a divine plan? What if while our Heavenly Father is healing our wounds and soothing our hearts, he is smoothing out our rough edges so that we’ll fit into his heavenly home? What if our suffering meant something?
“Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of all he created.” James 1: 12-21 (NIV)
The adverse situations and crises, we suffer by our own decisions and mistakes and at the hands of the world, are often used by God. We may feel mixed up and tossed about, but God is always in control. And, he still considers us his best creation.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4 (NIV)
Scripture source: Holy Bible, biblegateway.com