10.24.16 – rom 5:3-4

I love to watch the creative process. I’m drawn to TV programs that walk us through it, from building cars to cooking. I’ve recently found a new favorite, it’s called Forged in Fire. During the show four Blade-smiths take a like scrap of iron and fashion it into a knife. This metal is put into a forge that reaches 1800 degrees. It is then beaten with a hammer to begin to shape it into the knife. The process is repeated several times before the finished product emerges. Then the knives are put through a series of tests to see which one performs the best. They test the sharpness and the strength of the blades. You see the repeated exposure to the heat of the forge helps to build hardness of the blade, without the exposure to these harsh conditions the knife would break. But through the process the metal actually becomes stronger.
Paul speaks to this same process in our lives and relationship with God. No one ever promised the Christian life would be rainbows and unicorns. I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” ~ John 16:33. Jesus pretty much tells us it’s coming. Paul explains that as we put our faith in God, with each passing tribulation, we grow stronger in the hope that is Jesus. By trusting in God’s plan, whatever it may be, we come out of a rough season stronger than we entered it.
To watch the master Blade-smiths do their work is something I thoroughly enjoy. To be a part of God’s tempering of our lives is a blessing. He shows as much care and consideration for the final product, so that we too can withstand the tests that lie ahead, in Christ Jesus.
Romans 5:3-4 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,