Below is one of the devotionals that I received from my Aunt Gloria and Uncle Glen. I love it how many times I feel like they were written just for me.
Tuesday, December 14
Tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character.Romans 5:3-4
Recommended ReadingJames 1:2-8
Most of us learn our ABCs before we ever darken a schoolroom door. We have little songs, puzzles, and books that teach us the alphabet. But what about our spiritual ABCs? How long before we learn that Adversity Builds Character?
Today you have already had, or will have, a problem. Few days in life are trouble-free. Most of our problems are minor irritants, but maybe you're going through a crisis just now. In any case, God is more concerned about building your character than solving your problems, though He can do both.
Every trial is an unfolding lesson that draws us nearer to Him. Every failure teaches us faith. Every hurt nudges us toward holiness. Every disappointment becomes His appointment as He works all things for our advancement. Our struggles can be Christ's schoolroom where we learn the spiritual ABCs that stand us in good stead for the future.
Count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience and makes us mature and complete, lacking nothing.
Read-Thru-the-Bible1 John 4:1-2 John 1:13