In each of our lives, we can easily identify recurring frustrations. Often labeled “pet-peeves”, they become situations that typically produce predictable reactions from us. Somehow, those reactions (no matter how extreme or inappropriate) are often excused away as someone else’s problem. Consider this. Is it possible that God is using those situations as a refinement tool to build and reveal His character in us? I know, “what an ugly thought!”
Think about it. If traffic causes you to become anxious and red-faced in anger, it’s possible God is trying to work patience into your character. If a store clerk with a bad attitude can ruin your day, it’s possible God is trying to work longsuffering into your character. If you find yourself disgusted by the shortcomings of others, it’s possible God is signaling that His greatest commandment –to love one another–isn’t working in you.
Of our own effort, we will fail time and again; but, the Almighty God is gracious and ready to help in time of need ( Psalm 46:1).
Thankfully, when we turn our faults over to Him and ALLOW HIM to refine our character, He will do the work (Psalm 46:10) that molds us into His image. We simply need to ask for His help, believe that He will, and as He reveals the areas that need improvement, thank Him (in advance) for causing our lives to come into alignment with His will.
POWER TIP: Even if you’re in the middle of “getting it wrong”, repent and then thank Him anyway.
- Psalm 46:10 (NASB) – “Cease striving and know that I am God.”
- Psalms 37:5 – Commit everything to the Lord. Trust Him. He will help you.
- Psalm 46:1 (NIV) – God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
- Jude 1:24 (ESV) – Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy,
- Philippians 2:13 – For it is God which works in you both to will and to do of his good
- 1 Corinthians 13:13