Ronnie Smith, President/CEO, Ronnie Smith Ministries, Inc.

READ James 1:2-5

One of the toughest sports on dirt is professional bull riding. Can you imagine being on 1500 pounds of mad hamburger and the gate opens? It is not a matter of “if” you will have a wreck but “when” and how bad it will be. It is the same way with trials and difficulty. It is not a matter of “if” you will go through them. They are coming. We just don’t know how difficult they will be. 

James says that we are to count it all joy when we face various kinds of trials. What? Why? How can he say that? It is because of the end result. When we experience difficulty God is testing our faith. He is forming us into the image of his son. He is building our character. Our initial reaction from our flesh may be to get angry or become frustrated with our circumstances. However, when we understand that nothing happens to us apart from God’s permission, then we can allow Him to mold us with his sculpting tools.

A potter starts out with a lump of wet clay. He shapes it on the wheel. He uses tools to cut away the parts that aren’t needed to produce what he desires. Then it is put in an oven to harden and finish it. God uses trials in our life to shape us. The furnace of affliction is a cousin to the heat of difficult times that we all face.

So, how are you doing? Do you respond to difficulty as from the hand of God? Do you allow the difficulty to produce spiritual fruit, or do you get angry?

PRAY: 
Dear God, help me respond to trials in a way that would bring you glory and would grow me in my relationship with You. Shape me into what you will, in Jesus name, Amen.

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