You will be able to stand up under it!

2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

James 1 :2-4


3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials,7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ

1 Peter 1:3-7

I’ve spent a great deal of time considering these scriptures in the face of the various trials I’ve gone through.  The full truth of the scriptures has often elluded me.  It’s easy enough to understand the thought and theory behind such statments but it’s harder to trully understand and see it.

Often the pain of a situation, or problem, can blind us.  It hurts and we cry out to our heavenly father for understanding and even help. And sometimes it seems that God doesn’t hear our prayers.  That we are left alone to go through the fire  that we feel we shouldn’t be in.

Like Gold that goes through a refiner’s fire, so do we.  The process of fires for us come in the forms of trials and struggles.  It is easy enough to forget that this world is not the end, nor is it our home.  It’s a way station, a refiner’s fire meant to perfect us to presented in the day of Christ Jesus our Lord.  Is it to mean we will be miserable?  No, I don’t think so.

Though I go through trials daily, especially with this disease, I have begun to learn the meaning of Paul’s words where he is content in all things.   I face pain in many forms daily, weakness that few have to deal with, and walking across the room brings many of it’s own problems and pain.  Yet I know a peace and appreciation for things that most take for granted.  The joy of a fresh breaze on a summer’s night.  The gift of a warm shower, or waking up feeling rested.  There is so much more I could go into.  Things I hold dear that I have to fight to experience that so many take for granted that they should always be there.  I have the gift of knowing just how special and wonderful these things, these days that God gives me are.  And even in the pain that my flesh carries with it, the joy of my salvation abounds.

Strange thing is that years ago before this disease hit me hard I was miserable even with all these things.  I look back and realize how great I had it.  If I knew then what I do now I would feel like I was living like a king.  To just be able to walk for even ten minutes without feeling the weakness that threatens to tumble me now after only a few steps.  It is a gift.

There is a fire we face daily, each of us have our own.  Each of us face the  heat of the refiner’s fire in our own ways.  The purpose is the same, that we may be perfect and complete lacking nothing.  Our path leads the hope of our salvation, Christ Jesus our Lord.

So Remember

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
1 Corinthians 10:13

You will be able to stand up under it!  Stand strong.

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4 Responses to You will be able to stand up under it!

  1. johnny says:

    I just found your site and have enjoyed reading your commentary on God’s word… i have also been stricken with a mysterious disease that has stopped me in my tracks, i wait on God for deliverance – His will be done! Thank you for posting this site, it did me good.
    God bless, Johnny

  2. Bethany says:

    I am so encouraged to have found your blog. I am so glad to know that someone like yourself, even though you’re struggling with a disease, can still be faithful to the Word and believe that the refiner’s fire will not burn you up, like so many of us feel from time to time. I had actually been looking through this exact passage and several others earlier today, because I’m going through something that I felt might be the end of me. I still feel that way sometimes, but I am trying really hard to trust that God is in control. I don’t know about anyone else, but I am often so disappointed with myself that God has to strip me of everything I had to make me run to Him and seek after Him FIRST in all things. And like you were saying, going through this makes me wish I had been more thankful for what I had before I lost it. But, I am so, so thankful that God is a God of second, third, 40th and many more chances!
    I pray that you will be comforted, truly comforted in the midst of your struggles.
    In Christ,

  3. Bondservant says:

    Thanks Bethany, comments like yours encourage me greatly. One of the biggest desires of my heart is for me to be able to help others walk with God through these things. More and more God is changing my outlook on trials. I see it differently. I’m very glad my humble ramblings have helped you on some level, thanks for sharing.

  4. Raye Adkins says:

    Dear Bondservant,
    I sending this with prayers for you. I have experienced great losses ..and God appeared to ble requiring more each day. I asked Him to give me biblical character that suffered daily and erratically in the way He was requiring of me. I could not think of one. Instead, He sent me to your site. I pain for your daily suffering, but I send praises to God for allowing me to find your site and for this GODLY SPIRIT He placed in you. I will walk in the commitment to be a Bondservant for my Father. Even in the face of many losses, there is no calling greater. I will walk in joyful acceptance. Thank you for Godly wisdom. I will keep you in my prayers.

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