It has been a tough week. So exhausting in fact that I struggled to get out of bed this morning and go to church. After arguing with myself for 20 minutes I got up and got ready in 15 minutes and was only a couple minutes late. I’m glad that I did not give into my flesh and instead made the right decision to go to service because I needed the fellowship and to get my focus back on Christ (and off of myself).
Pastor reminded us this morning that testing and trials are to make us grow and mature in the Lord. As James 1:2-4 says “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.”
Similarly in Romans 5 it says, “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
I must need my character improved because the last week has been trial upon trial. Two people have run into my car (thankfully I was not injured) causing damage and a ton of hassle. But thankfully I am fine and the car will be repaired. I’ve also been busy preparing for DCLX 2012. Those things are the primary reason I haven’t written more in the past week. My goal is to tackle a number of subjects once DCLX is over.
Ultimately I needed to be reminded that the trials may come, but they should not shake our faith or distract us from what matters. In my weakness I did get distracted and angry this week, but thankfully the Lord forgives.