My husband says, “Adversity produces greatness.” James wrote, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” (James 1:2-4). This reminds me of gold being purified. It has to be melted by fire, before the impurities can be removed. Through trial, we learn, grow and hopefully allow Jesus to use this purification process to make us more like Him. The heat of the fire, though uncomfortable, is necessary for the removal of the impurities of our lives. As we enter into this New Year with endless possibilities, “give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). And trust God through adversity and trial. He truly is working out His greatness in us, if we let Him.
Read: Isaiah 30:20-21; James 1:12; Romans 5:3-5