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.
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
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.
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.