My Momma used to say, “Tribulation builds character.” Turns out it says something like that in the Bible. In Romans 5:3-5 it says, “. . tribulation produces perseverance, and perseverance character, and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
And James 1:2-4 says, “Brothers (and Sisters), count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” (NKJV)
The word translated ‘perfect’ is from the same Greek root for integer (whole number) and integrity. It means ‘whole, entire’, lacking nothing. So it sounds like testing builds integrity, and who wouldn’t like a little more integrity once in awhile. Wholeness is what everyone is talking about these days, in health, in social interaction, even in our relationship with God. Whoa! Maybe that is what these verses have been talking about all along. Maybe my Momma knew more than she was letting on.
In this new year, I’m looking forward to more of the great adventure of walking with Jesus. I’m like Abraham, I’m getting on my camel and riding off into the world, not knowing where I’m going, but looking forward to what God has in store for me. (Hebrews 11:8-9) I don’t know exactly what’s going to happen, but I know we are ‘heirs of the promise’ just like ole Abe.
I pray that God will show you more and more of Himself, today, this year and forever.
Peace be with you, Tex