Building Character

Saturday, May 16, 2020
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1 Peter 5:10 – But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. (KJV)

Fiery trials of life can be very hard, to the point of causing illness or death. When we come out of them, we may feel toasted from the heat. For the Christian, this is the testing of our mettle. It challenges our resilience and steadfastness on two battlefronts: spiritual and physical. Sometimes, this causes great distress, pain, sorrow, and anger. These seemingly unfair adversities can come from anything that presents a threat to our well-being. During these trials we develop godly character, which doesn't usually happen when all is going well.

Scripture tells us that we will have troubles and sorrows in our life. When they come, it is painful as we let go of our aspirations and dreams and pick up our cross to follow the Lord. But God is with us, because He never leaves us or forsakes us. We look at Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, the three young Israelites who refused to bow down to the king Nebuchadnezzar. Even though he threw the boys into a fiery furnace, God was in the fire with them. They came out of the furnace unsinged. Sometimes, it doesn't feel like God is with us, but He never abandons us.

Have you suffered what appear to be unfair losses? God wants us to say, "Thy will be done, Lord." When everything that we have worked so hard for collapses, it is hard to understand when God tells us that we will prosper. God does promise that after we have suffered or been in the fire awhile, He will make us perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle us.

Prayer: Dear Father, help us to be faithful servants, even when we are suffering and in pain. Regardless of our circumstances, may we submit to Your will, trusting that You will not abandon us. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you.

    Amen Karen. Thanks for sharing.

    Thank you, so beautiful, so true.

    Thanks for the comforting words, Karen.

    Thanks, Karen, for this encouraging devotional. Blessings.

    Thank you, Karen, for this message of encouragement, so deeply focused and centred upon our Lord. God bless and keep you!

    Dear Karen: Especially from the TITLE of your great writing today, all the way through to the end, what you’ve said encourages and strengthens my faith! I am grateful that you acted on God’s inspiration and wrote it all down – especially for me this morning.

    Good afternoon Karen. Thank you for your Daily Devotional. You relayed your message wonderfully.
    I have printed that one and will keep it close by. It is so true that during trials we develop Godly character. We must remember that God never abandons us.

    Thank you, Karen. I am always amazed to see where the writers and readers of these devotionals come from. God uses their words to fly into the hearts from all over the world.
    Bless you.

    Hello Karen,
    Many thanks for your devotional submission. Yes, we must be faithful to our Lord whatever situation we face because He is ever ready to hear our plea. No matter how anxious or distressed we Karen,
    Yes, God is always with us to bless us, even if we do not immediately give Him praise.
    We pray, “Lord teach us to pray knowing your goodness and grace.”
    Andget, we must be patient and wait upon Him, as our Lord’s solution will be the right one for us.
    God bless you.

    Dear I pray that many will be praying for God’s will to be done re – the Covid virus.
    I continue to pray that God will give success to the persons working diligently to develop anti-body and healing treatments and injectable protective measures and serums.

    Good morning Karen,
    We are never alone, God is always with us. Sometimes, as personal problems overwhelm us, we forget that, but it is the truth.
    Thank you for writing this timely devotional.

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